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Winter 2019

Official Publication of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association

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Ed Vollborn Estate Sale with partners Fred Vollborn and Ray Vollborn Executor: Sue Vollborn

Saturday, December 29, at 4 p.m. This will be an elite offering of commercial cattle that have been strategically designed for profitability. Over 300 head of cattle offered, including: bred cows, bred heifers, cow/calf pairs, All Natural feeder cattle & herd bulls. Bred females will be ultra-sounded and aged day-of-sale by a licensed veterinarian and bred heifers will be pelvic measured prior to sale.

96 Spring Calving Cows - Bred to registered performance based Angus bulls. 53 Fall Calving Cow/Calf pairs - Some cows may have their calves weaned or sorted off by sale time. 14 Bred Heifers - All are high percentage Angus based females and bred to a ‘Bismark’ Angus calving ease bull. 160 “All Natural” Feeder Cattle - Will qualify for most All Natural marketing programs. Approx. 40 head will be weaned and vaccinated and adhere to UPI Yellow Tag Program. 54 Head of Spring Calves - to be sorted off the morning of the sale. Ed Vollborn was a long-time member, delegate and supporter of United Producers. We send thoughts of sympathy to the Vollborn family and appreciate the opportunity to serve the family during this difficult time.

Sale Managed and Hosted By: Cattle can be previewed on the farm by appointment only, contact Jamie Graham or Kurt Schenkel for scheduling.

Gallipolis, Ohio 357 Jackson Pike (740) 446-9696 2 | Ohio Cattleman | Winter Issue 2019

To accommodate all buyers, phone bids will be accepted. Please contact the office to register prior to the sale. Jamie Graham at (740) 739-3576 Kurt Schenkel at (740) 208-0035 Joe Arrington (304) 812-8114 or the office at (740) 446-9696.



Features 10-11 Annual Meeting & Banquet Registration 12

Youth Quiz Bowl Registration



Commercial Cattleman of the Year: Robison Farms Being a cooperator herd helps add sustainability for Robison Family Farms by Amy Beth Graves

News & Notes


Harsh Realities


Your Dues Dollars at Work


OCA News & Views


Beef Briefs


Up the Alley


OCA News


Forage Corner


Breed News

32 On the Edge of Common Sense

25 Your Checkoff Dollars at Work


OCA Directors, Officers Elected

Reference 8 OCA County Affiliate Presidents 24

Allied Industry Council


Calendar of Events


Parting Shots


Advertisers’ Index

On the Cover

Photo taken by Lauren Corry, OCA Member, Greene County

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Harsh Realities

Ohio Cattleman 10600 U.S. Highway 42 Marysville, Ohio 43040 Phone 614-873-6736 • Fax 614-873-6835 Editor Elizabeth Harsh 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 Winter 2019 issue is 3,394. 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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By Elizabeth Harsh, Ohio Cattleman Editor

Holidays Usher Busy in New Year This issue is wrapping up as Christmas quickly approaches. The volunteer leaders on OCA’s board, the beef council and our staff have been busy and are looking forward to the opportunity to slow down for a few days and focus on family and their own unique holiday traditions. But before that could happen there was the passage of the Farm Bill to sort through, 2019 budgets and marketing plans to finalize, water quality program discussions to participate in, event planning to complete and of course, holiday greetings to send! Turning the calendar there many OCA events scheduled for early 2019. First off is the OCA Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet on January 12. If you have not attended in the past, make it a point to attend this year. I’ll wager that if you attend just one time, you’ll become a regular attendee. Youth will be the focus of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation during its annual meeting, also held on January 12. Thanks to the success of programs like the beef license plates and the Cattlemen’s Gala, $22,000 in scholarships will be presented to deserving beef industry youth. Do you have a family member that has benefited from a scholarship or one of OCA’s youth programs? If so, the only thing we ask for in return is that you become engaged by attending OCA events and adding your support to programs like these. OCA has invited all the scholarship recipients to be our guests for the entire day of meetings and the awards banquet that evening. But your attendance is also requested to help mentor and set a good example for this next generation of leaders. This winter the OCA BEST program celebrates its 20th anniversary. I’m proud of the volunteer leaders that had the foresight to create a program that has exceeded all expectations and is one of the premier youth development programs in the country. The committee has lots of fun things planned for BEST participants, not the least of which is the Celebrity Showdown to be held January 25 in conjunction with the Clark County Cattle Battle. One of the BEST program’s objectives has been to develop community minded youth and this service program that benefits Make-A-Wish is a tremendous example of this effort. The program’s fundraising goal of $100,000 is well within reach this year and your support of this effort is always appreciated. On February 5 the Cattlemen’s Foundation will continue its leadership development efforts by holding session II of the Young Cattlemen’s Conference. This session will focus on the importance of becoming industry advocates and engaging in the public policy process. That evening OCA will partner with the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association to host a legislative reception for members of the new General Assembly. Committees are also fully involved in planning for the 2019 Ohio Beef Expo on March 15-17. This issue contains a complete Expo schedule. Note for the first time, the trade show will open on Thursday afternoon, March 14. The Expo will continue to host Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification, but to avoid scheduling conflicts it will now be held on Friday morning. Be sure to check out some of the other Expo schedule changes included in this issue. My wish for you and your family during this Christmas season is that the seats around your holiday table are filled with the people that matter the most to you. Happy New Year from OCA and we look forward to crossing paths soon. v

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OCA Officers

President • Sasha Rittenhouse New Carlisle Vice President • Aaron Arnett Galena Secretary • Elizabeth Harsh Treasurer • Bill Tom Washington C.H. Past President • Joe Foster Gallipolis

OCA Directors

Tom Karr Director At-Large Pomeroy • Term expires 2021 Kyle Walls Director At-Large Mt. Vernon • Term expires 2020 J.L. Draganic Director At-Large Wakeman • Term expires 2019 Scott Alexander District 1 Bowling Green • Term expires 2020 Kelvin Egner District 2 Shelby • Term expires 2021 Pete Conkle District 3 Hanoverton • Term expires 2019 Troy Jones District 4 Harrod • Term expires 2020 Frank Phelps District 5 Belle Center • Term expires 2021 Pam Haley District 6 West Salem • Term expires 2019 Brad Thornburg District 7 Barnesville • Term expires 2020 Linde Sutherly District 8 New Carlisle • Term expires 2021 Jim Jepsen District 9 Amanda • Term expires 2019 Jess Campbell District 10 Waynesville • Term expires 2020 Lindsey Hall District 11 Hillsboro • Term expires 2021 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 Cambell Parrish Director of Public Relations & Consumer Marketing Stephanie Sindel Director of Member Services & Youth Programs Ron Windnagel Director of Accounting & Operations 6 | Ohio Cattleman | Winter Issue 2019

OCA News & Views By Sasha Rittenhouse, OCA President

Ready or Not The New Year Is Here Our fall calving group of cows is very small, only four this year. But this morning when I had to get a cow in and artificially inseminate her with the outside temperature in the low 20’s, and the wind chill way below that, I began to rethink having any fall calving cows. I had stressed myself out over the whole situation to begin with. She had been in heat the day before but was still standing last night, so I decided to wait and breed her in the morning. But, with that came the reality that I would have to tackle the project alone. With the kids at school, and Scott at work I would have to sort the cow out of a back lot, leaving her friends behind, take her though a run where we are currently housing the replacement heifers, get her past some feed bunks filled with silage and into the barn. Much to my surprise things worked much better than I had anticipated. She sorted off easier than I thought, made a B line right through the heifers, past the silage bunks and into the barn. Considering we had recently flushed this girl, I was really surprised she willingly went to the barn. I now anticipated her to realize her mistake and become a bear to get into the tub, up the alley, and then the real struggle of getting her caught in the head gate of the chute. But again, she surprised me and fully cooperated. I got her AI’d and went through the processes of putting her back. She went back as easily as she had come. All of the other bovine cooperated and the whole process only took me about 40 minutes and I hardly broke a sweat. Between the cold, mud, and the unpredictability of bovine behavior I had mentally prepared myself for a good hour and a half of cardio and cuss words. Now hopefully she is bred and will calf early next September. Perhaps it was because I was mentally over prepared for the task, or maybe I got lucky. Either way, I’ll take it. Speaking of being prepared, I hope you are all prepared to join us for several upcoming events. Our Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet will take place at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center on Saturday, January 12th. If you have not attended our annual meeting before I would strongly encourage you to take the time to join us. We will discuss a lot of current topics and get an update from NCBA on what’s happening in Washington, DC on issues such as Fake Meat, Hours of Service, trade, and much more. We will also hear from Dr. Sara Place, NCBA’s Director of Sustainable Beef Production Research. I’m personally looking forward to hearing what she has to say about the sustainability of beef. The last time I heard her speak I could not jot down notes fast enough. She had a lot of great facts and information. The annual meeting is free to attend and all are welcome. Hopefully you also plan to stay and attend the highlight of our year, the OCA Awards Banquet. This year we will be honoring some of the top cattlemen and women from around the state. Lots of outstanding folks will receive awards and be recognized for their accomplishments within our industry. Following the banquet we have added a fun new twist for this year. We will be holding a PAC auction immediately following the banquet. All of those highly sought-after items will be offered for auction and all of the proceeds will benefit our Political Action Committee. It’s a fun day, and I sure hope you take a few minutes right now to jot it on your calendar, go online and register to come and join us. You are a very important part of our membership and the reason we do this. I look forward to seeing you there. v

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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 | Winter Issue 2019

Your Dues Dollars at Work

Beef Briefs

A review of actions by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association

NCBA and PLC Accepting Fall 2019 Internship Applications

Legislative & Regulatory •

• • • • •

Represented the beef industry in multiple meetings related to Ohio’s water quality challenges including hearings on the proposed distressed watershed rules, development of a 4R Farmer Certification & Verification program, Clean Water Bond Measure, Ohio Soil & Water task force, and legislative initiatives. Attended additional hearings of the Toward a Cleaner Lake Erie joint Ohio House and Senate study group to consider the challenges facing the long-term health of Lake Erie. Participated in the subcommittee meetings of the Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission (OSWCC) held to study the proposed distressed watershed designation. Submitted comments on USDA’s regulation of Fake Meat products. Supported Hours of Service efforts related to ELDs (Electronic Logging Devices) to create a permanent exemption for livestock haulers. Submitted comments on EPCRA (Emergency Planning & Community Right-toKnow Act Section 304) in support of the US EPA proposed rule changes regarding reporting requirements for animal waste from farms.

Youth • • • •

Hosted the Cattlemen’s Camp in October co-sponsored by OCA and Weaver Leather Livestock with nearly 100 people attending. Interviewed and selected interns for OBC and OCA for the spring semester. Internships begin in January and run through March. Announced the 20th anniversary of the BEST program, held the first four sanctioned shows of the 2018-19 season and held youth Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) training in conjunction with the first show. Assisted selection committee in finalizing 22 youth recipients for Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation scholarships.

Programs & Events • •

Held a successful OCA Replacement Female sale with over 100 females selling. Began planning efforts with multiple committee meetings for the 2019 Ohio Beef Expo. 2019 sponsorship information available at

Association • • • • • • •

Mailed membership renewal statements for 2019 and finalized list of member benefits. OCA Executive Committee met to develop 2019 budget recommendations. Submitted nominations to the Ohio Department of Agriculture for appointment to the Ohio Beef Council. Held the re-organizational board of directors’ meetings for OCA and the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation. Participated in the 2019 Ohio State Fair planning meeting for the beef department and helped distribute EID/DNA kits for 2019 market animal exhibitors. Attended the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s advisory committee meeting on Livestock Exhibitions. Hosted various breed meetings at the OCA headquarters for Angus, Hereford, Shorthorn, and Simmental associations. v

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council’s government affairs office in Washington, D.C., is accepting internship applications for the Fall 2019 semester. Positions for the Fall semester (Sept. 3, 2019 - Dec. 13, 2019) include a public policy intern and law clerk. The deadline to submit an application for either position is March 15, 2019. The internships give college students the opportunity to work alongside staff on a range of issues that impact U.S. cattlemen and cattlewomen. The interns will work closely with the lobbying team on Capitol Hill and assist with NCBA and PLC’s regulatory efforts, providing college students a one-of-a-kind view into the policy making process. Producer-led and consumer-focused, NCBA is the nation’s oldest and largest national organization representing America’s cattle producers. PLC is the only organization in Washington, D.C., dedicated solely to representing cattle and sheep ranchers that utilize federal lands. The organizations work hand-in-hand on many issues, sharing office space in the heart of the nation’s capital.

· Observe the appropriate role of the federal government in regulating waterways; · Restore state and local authority to protect waters; · Respect Congress’s intent in limiting jurisdiction to “navigable waters” in the Clean Water Act. As a next step, the proposed rule will be posted in the Federal Register and

become open for public comment. NCBA plans to submit comments on the rule and encourages members to do the same. The 2015 WOTUS rule is currently in effect in 22 states. The EPA and Army Corps of Engineers are currently in the process of repealing the 2015 WOTUS rule. v

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How to Apply Applications for the full-time internship and law clerk positions will remain open until March 15, 2019. To apply for the public policy internship or law clerk position, visit opportunitiesforstudents.aspx. The Fall 2019 semester runs from September 3, 2019 to December 13, 2019.

New Water Rule a “Fresh Start” for Cattle Producers

The Trump Administration proposed a new water rule. Designed to replace the illegal 2015 WOTUS rule, the new water rule would: · Protect the private property rights of American cattle producers; · Provide safeguards for America’s waters;

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Book Your Room

Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center

100 Green Meadows Drive South | Lewis Center, Ohio 43035 (North of Columbus off of US Route 23)

Reservation Deadline: December 21, 2018 Room Rate - $129 (Includes breakfast for 2) 614-880-4300

Schedule of Events

8:30 a.m.

Registration desk opens

OCA PAC silent auction opens

9:00 a.m.

Cattlemen’s Youth Quiz Bowl written test

9:30 a.m.

Ohio State University Beef Cattle Research & Panel Discussion Faculty from the Department of Animal Sciences will discuss their areas of research specialization.

11:30 a.m.

Youth Beef Quality Assurance Session Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation Luncheon & Annual Meeting

Following the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation Luncheon and Annual Meeting the OCF and OCW scholarships will be presented.

“Engaging OCA’s Grassroots” Join fel low cattlemen aAttend OCA’s association update. It will include members, county affiliate

1:00 p.m.

leaders, Young Cattlemen members, industry leaders and those that just want to learn more about maximizing their involvement with OCA through events, programs and advocacy.

1:00 p.m.

Cattlemen’s Youth Quiz Bowl

1:00 p.m.

Ohio CattleWomen’s Annual Meeting

2:30 p.m.

OCA Annual Meeting

3:30 p.m.

4:00 p.m.

Take an active role in your organization by attending the Annual Meeting. Members will set policy for 2019 and receive program updates. Speakers will include Allison Rivera, and Dr. Sara Place.

Youth Opportunities

Breakout sessions that allow participants to engage and learn about various opportunities within the industry.

Ohio Beef Checkoff Update Ohio Beef Council Staff

4:30 p.m.

Youth Quiz Bowl Awards & Photos

5:00 p.m.

Hospitality Hour

6:00 p.m.

8:30 p.m.

OCA Awards Banquet

Banquet highlights: Young Cattleman of the Year, Industry Service Award, Industry Excellence Award, Seedstock Producer of the Year, Commercial Producer of the Year, Environmental Stewardship Award and Outstanding County Affiliate Award.

Cattlemen’s Social

Stick around following the banquet to enjoy music, refreshments and an evening with fellow cattlemen. Don’t miss your opportunity to take home some great items and experiences with the Live & Silent auctions benefiting OCA PAC.

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Youth Quiz Bowl Sign-up

Anthony J. Parker

Associate Professor Sustainable Beef Cattle Production, OSU Dept. of Animal Sciences

Alejandro Relling

Allison Rivera

Executive Director of Government Affairs, National Cattlemen’s Beef Assn. Rivera is a native North Carolinian who moved to DC to work on policy and politics. She has years of experience in agriculture, defense, foreign affairs, trade, transportation, immigration, natural resources, and energy policy. Before coming to NCBA, Allison worked for four different Members of Congress from North Carolina to Northern California. Over the years, she has worked on issues important to NCBA such as Dietary Guidelines, animal health, international trade, immigration, transportation, and the Farm Bill. At NCBA Rivera serves as the chief lobbyist with a focus on the Farm Bill, animal health, transportation, and immigration policies. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds degrees in Political Science and International Studies. Allison is also a graduate of the U.S. Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College.

Sara Place

Senior Director of Sustainable Beef Production Research, National Cattlemen’s Beef Assn. Dr. Place oversees the Beef Checkoff funded sustainability program, including using life cycle assessment to benchmark the US beef industry’s sustainability. Prior to joining NCBA, she was an Assistant Professor of Sustainable Beef Cattle Systems at Oklahoma State University. At Oklahoma State, her research program focused on the measurement of enteric methane emissions from cattle. Her teaching responsibilities included Animal Nutrition, Dairy Cattle Science, Ethics and Professionalism, and Sustainable Animal Agriculture. She also served on the National Academies of Sciences Committee on Considerations for the Future of Animal Science Research that published the report, Critical Role of Animal Science Research in Food Security and Sustainability. Dr. Place received her Ph.D. in Animal Biology from University of California, Davis, a B.S. in Animal Science from Cornell University, and an A.A.S. in Agriculture Business from Morrisville State College.

Producer Education

Hear from Ohio Beef Council (OBC) staff about Ohio beef producers $2 beef checkoff investment. Learn about the high-impact programs that positively influence consumers. Highlights of the session will include an overview of 2018 checkoff successes and insight into consumer trends. Take an in-depth look at Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner and how it remains one of the most effective brands in the marketplace.

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Showcase your beef industry knowledge at the annual Ohio Cattlemen’s Youth Quiz Bowl. The contest is open to all Ohio youth ages 8-21 (as of Jan. 1, 2019). It will be a two-part contest, consisting of a written round and a verbal round. There will be 3 age divisions offered. The top 3 individuals in each age category in the written contest will be recognized as well as the top team in each group of the quiz bowl. Participants may sign up as an individual or as a four-member team. 4-H, FFA chapters, breed associations and county team participation is encouraged.

Quiz Bowl

Registration for OCA Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet Deadline for meal reservations is Jan. 4, 2019. Return to 10600 US Highway 42, Marysville, OH 43040 Name Name tags should read (we must have names for each attendee) 1. 3. 4. Company/Farm Name City State Zip Email

2. 5. Address Cell Phone

(Email will be used for Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet correspondence)

Full Day Registration

6. County

Member* $100 each x


Non-Member $120 each x


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Includes OCF Luncheon, afternoon breakout sessions, Hospitality Hour, OCA Banquet and Cattlemen’s Social

Luncheon & Registration Includes OCF Luncheon and afternoon breakout sessions

Banquet & Registration

Includes afternoon breakout sessions, Hospitality Hour, OCA Banquet and Cattlemen’s Social Child’s Banquet Meal (Burger & Fries, 12 and under)

Make checks payable to the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Please charge to my credit card Visa MasterCard Discover Card Number __ __ __ __ - __ __ __ __ - __ __ __ __ - __ __ __ __

Member/Non-Member:$15 each x =$ TOTAL DUE $ Signature Expiration Date __ __ / __ __

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*Memberships are family memberships that include all immediate family members at the same address.

Register online at Registration Deadline: Jan. 4, 2019

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OCA News OCA Holds Successful Replacement Female Sale CATTLEMEN’S YOUTH QUIZ BOWL Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center 100 Green Meadows Drive S, Lewis Center, OH 43035

Tentative Schedule

8:30 a.m. Registration

9:00 a.m. Cattlemen’s Quiz Bowl written individual test 10:00 a.m. Youth Beef Quality Assurance Session 11:30 p.m. Lunch provided to all contestants *Tickets must be purchased for chaperones* 1:00 p.m. Cattlemen’s Youth Quiz Bowl - Team Competition 3:30 p.m. Youth Opportunities Session (age appropriate breakouts) 4:30 p.m. Youth Quiz Bowl Awards & Photos Registration Deadline: Friday, December 28, 2018 Individual/Team Sign-Up: 1)___________________________________________ 2)___________________________________________ 3)___________________________________________ 4)___________________________________________

Age: (As of Jan. 1) ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________

Team Name (if applicable): ________________________________________  Please place me on a team if available

Total Individuals: Total Teams: Grand Total:

_____________ at $20 each _____________ at $60 each (4 per team) $_____________

Parent/Guardian/Chaperone: _______________________________________________________________ Cell Phone: _________________ Email Address: ________________________________________________ Address: _________________________________________________________________________________ City



We encourage parents to attend the day’s events: Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation luncheon and Engaging OCA’s Grassroots session. The whole family is also welcome to attend the Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet that evening.

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The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) held their sixth annual Replacement Female Sale on November 23 at the Muskingum Livestock Auction Company in Zanesville, Ohio. A large crowd was on hand to bid on 107 high quality females in the sale. The sale represented an excellent opportunity for cow-calf producers to add quality females with documented breeding and health records to their herds. Buyers evaluated 107 lots of bred heifers, bred cows, and cow-calf pairs at the auction. The sale included 80 lots of bred heifers that averaged $1,437, 25 lots of bred cows that averaged $1,377, and two cow-calf pairs that averaged $1,450. The 107 total lots grossed $152,275 for an overall average of $1,423. The females sold to buyers from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Col. Ron Kreis served as the auctioneer. Erv-N-Del Farm of Louisville, OH consigned the top selling lot at $2,200. The Lot 9 purebred Simmental bred heifer sold to Darrell Briggs of Claysville, PA. Haley Farms of West Salem, OH sold Lot 21, a purebred Simmental cow for $1,925 to Erv-NDel Farm of Louisville, OH. M Ridge Cattle of West Union, OH sold Lot 50, a Simmental crossbred bred heifer to Bob Hare of Winchester, OH at $1,900. The sale truly was an excellent opportunity for both buyers and sellers. Buyers were able to improve their herds by adding high quality females with known genetic and health backgrounds. Sellers were able to capitalize on steady prices for breeding cattle.

If you have any questions about the sale, contact John F. Grimes, OSU Extension Beef Coordinator at (740) 289-2071, Extension #242,

or by e-mail at More information can be obtained by contacting OCA at (614) 873-6736 or at their web site located at www. v

Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation is investing in the future of Ohio’s beef industry.

To make an online donation to the Foundation, visit | | 614.873.6736 OCF is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, public charity and is governed by a board of trustees with Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) leadership experience. Contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law and support the mission and programs of the Foundation. Financial support for the Foundation comes from individual donors, agricultural organizations and corporations/foundations. Winter Issue 2019 | Ohio Cattleman |13

Up the Alley By John Grimes, OSU Extension Beef Coordinator

Time to Step Up Your Game Nearly every business is faced with evolving business models due to changing consumer preferences. History provides us plenty of examples of how traditionally accepted products or services can quickly be replaced by a newer or “better” version. Some call this progress while others prefer simpler, more traditional choices. The beef industry is certainly no stranger to the concept of changing types and preferences. The size and shape of cattle have changed significantly over the years of modern history. The smaller framed British breed cattle prevalent in the 1950’s and 1960’s were forever changed by an influx of Continental breeds staring around the beginning of the 1970’s. This started a trend towards larger framed, growthy, leaner cattle that were very popular through the 1980’s and into the early 1990’s. The past 20-25 years have seen a trend towards Angus-type or black-hided hybrids in the latest efforts by cattlemen to create the “ideal” beef animal. The direction of breeding programs during these past 20-25 years has been driven by an increased emphasis on improving the end-product merits of beef for the consumer. This change in priorities can partly be credited to the creation of the checkoff-funded National Beef Quality Audit. This comprehensive survey evaluates beef industry

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efforts to improve beef quality. It has been conducted every five years since 1991 and assesses progress the industry makes on a variety of production issues that ultimately affect consumer demand for beef. In the first three Audits, marbling (intramuscular fat within the ribeye) consistently ranked as one of the top quality challenges for beef. The last two Audits indicated the top two quality challenges as food safety and eating satisfaction. Research has shown consistently that marbling has a big influence on overall eating satisfaction. Armed with this information, cow-calf producers set out to improve the quality of our product for the consumer. The USDA defines beef quality of fed cattle by the grades of Prime (highest), Choice, Select and Standard (lowest). Marbling and carcass maturity determine the quality grade with higher levels of marbling producing a higher quality grade. Quality grade is a very important factor when pricing beef in the wholesale and retail marketplace and this message has been passed on throughout the supply chain. This fact has encouraged producers to emphasize genetics to improve carcass quality grades. There has been a major shift in the distribution of quality grades across the population of harvested cattle over the

past decade. As recently as 2006-2007, 40% of graded product fell into the Select grade. In just over a decade, beef grading Select fell to 17-18% in 2018. CattleFax projects that cattle grading Choice and Prime will reach a record high of 79% in 2018. Beef grading Prime this year is expected to reach 7.5-8.0%. What are some of the factors that have driven this change towards higher quality grades? The majority of all fed cattle today sell on carcass merit grids and formula pricing systems. Under this scenario, there is a clear financial incentive to produce more Choice and Prime grading cattle. Select graded beef is consistently valued less than Choice and Prime. Seedstock producers have used available tools such as EPDs, genomic testing, ultrasound, and carcass data collection to identify cattle with superior carcass traits for the commercial cow-calf operator. Feedlots are using advanced nutrition and health programs that improve the odds of cattle reaching higher quality grades. The aggressive herd expansion that has occurred over the past five years gave producers the opportunity to add higher quality genetics to their herds. The growing number of branded beef programs has created pull-through demand higher quality grade beef. The increased production of Choice and Prime beef will help solidify the U.S.’s

position as the leading source of quality beef among exporting nations. What does the trend towards higher quality grades mean for the commercial cow-calf producer? In past years, feeder calf producers were not always concerned with the performance of their calves in the feedlot and on the rail. Unless they retained ownership into the finishing phase, they felt that they simply did not have a financial stake in feedlot performance and carcass merit. However, the industry’s push towards higher grading cattle requires the cow-calf producer to produce feeder calves capable of achieving these goals. Feedlot operators will search for feeder calves with the genetic merit and health history capable of producing profitable feedlot gains and garnering carcass premiums. They will source their calves from producers with a history of success and either reward these calves with higher prices or discount the calves from producers without adequate documentation of quality. It is time for commercial cow-calf producers to “step up their game” and raise the highest quality calf possible. The fact that we will have a larger supply of feeder calves in the near term will make it a buyer’s market and they certainly will be discriminating with their purchasing dollars. The cow-calf producer should use high quality genetics that excel in multiple traits including excellent marbling and implement recommended preconditioning programs. Feedlot operators, packers, and ultimately the consumer will expect nothing less. v

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Forage Corner Chris Penrose, OSU Extension Educator, Morgan County

Now Is The Time To Reflect, And Plan At times I wonder what is worse; a drought like we had in 2012 or 1988, or a wet year like we had this year? As a beef and forage producer, I guess I would rather have a year like this one but it has and still is providing challenges. In 2012, hay and pasture was short but the panic set in when I started to run out of water. We have had plenty of pasture and water this year but making hay was a real challenge. I was able to get some up in May but I still had some first cutting that I did not get in until July. This is where reflecting and planning can meet. What are the needs of our cattle right now and what type of hay should we feed first? For me, the first hay I fed to my cows was some late cut hay that got rained on. The calves have been weaned and there was still some pasture that could be grazed. Feeding higher quality hay, especially that protected from the elements, can be fed closer to calving. Do you still have some hay fields that may not have had a last cutting that can be grazed or pastures that still have grass? For many situations, now is a great time to graze them. From observations over the years, if you still have some orchardgrass fields, graze them before the end of the year. Orchardgrass does not hold up as well as fescue which can be grazed throughout the winter and will maintain quality better. If you plan on grazing hayfields, be aware of potential soil damage from cattle and

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act accordingly as the ground is very moist and susceptible to “pugging” from cattle hooves. Another issue that has been developing for me over the past twenty years is the increased damage from deer on stockpiled grass. I try to keep a stockpiled field to graze in March when cows calve, but each year there is less and less due to deer pressure. December through February, it is some of the best forage around and the deer love it, but by March, there is less for cattle to graze. I will keep doing this as it will still allow me to have a “clean” area to calve on but if that was not the case, I may consider grazing stockpiled grass before the wildlife and weather takes its toll. I have recommended planting annual grasses like cereal rye as a winter feed in the past and still do, but one needs to consider how much deer pressure there may be (which is why I recommend cereal rye for deer plots). I have seen entire fields of cereal rye completely grazed by deer. If the ground freezes or dries out some, do you have the ability to take out enough hay to last for an extended period? Can you put some electric fence up and keep cattle away until needed then just move the bale rings? Are you better off to keep feeding hay in the same place and really tear up that area, or keep feeding in different spots and tear up those areas a little less? If the wet weather continues, it may not make a difference. Do you

have some small square bales you can feed when it is wet and muddy and feed with a utility vehicle verses rutting up the field with a big tractor? I am hoping at some point to put in a heavy use feed pad. I have seen several cattle producers put them in and most have had success with this type of winter feeding system. Our friends at the local SWCD should be able to help with plans. Is there anything we can still do for this year that will benefit our beef cattle operation into the future? This is where we need to check finances and our inventory since we still have time to affect our bottom line for 2018. Is there any equipment that needs to be purchased or replaced? I am starting to see more beef producers purchase bale wrappers and make baleage with success. If we have the opportunity to take a day or two off the curing process when making hay - especially in the spring - by wrapping bales, we greatly improve the odds of harvesting quality hay and getting up additional cuttings. Tax laws are favorable for depreciating equipment again this year and there may be some great deals purchasing now versus next spring or summer. Can you prepay for some inputs this year such as fertilizer or seed? Are there some unproductive animals that may be sold to generate additional income if needed? These are just a few of the things we can consider as we reflect on 2018, and plan for 2019. v

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Commercial CommercialCattleman Cattlemanofofthe theYear Year BeingBeing a cooperator herd herd helpshelps add sustainability for Robison Family Farms a cooperator add sustainability for Robison Family Farms

Story & Photos by Amy Beth Graves


llan Robison knew he needed to make changes to his Champaign County commercial cattle operation. Margins were a bit too tight, and he still wasn’t sure if adding a feedlot was the right move. A conversation five years ago with a fellow Ohio cattle producer at a NCBA trade show in Nashville, Tenn. put him on a more sustainable path. While talking with John Grimes of Maplecrest Farms in Hillsboro, Allan became intrigued by the idea of becoming a cooperator herd for John, an Angus-Simmental seedstock producer,

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and receiving a premium for each calf. It would take the guesswork out of the genetic side of the operation and allow the family to concentrate on what they felt they did best -- raising calves. “It was an opportunity to not have to try to pick bulls and chase after genetics that we didn’t really know if they were actually working or not,” Allan said. “We talked to John and he said there was some economic benefit (to being a cooperator herd). That’s not a bad thing to get extra money for raising those calves. We switched gears from trying to AI and

breed and do genetics on our own to now being a cooperator and putting embryos for other people into our cows.” Allan, who describes himself as the one who comes up with the “crazy, weird ideas,” asked his brother and farm partner, Thad, what he thought about Robison Family Farms becoming a cooperator herd for Maplecrest Farms. “Financially, it made sense that this was a way we could make more money. I think we were equally frustrated with our progress. We were ready to either do this and grow and get bigger or …,” Thad said, his voice trailing off. “We weren’t going to continue to have a cowherd selling what was back then (low) dollar feeder calves,” Allan said, finishing his brother’s thought. Five years later, Robison Family Farms is where it wants to be -- a thriving 100 cow Angus-Simmental-Gelbvieh operation that is doing so well that the family was honored with this year’s Commercial Cattlemen of the Year award. Allan, who received OCA’s Young Cattlemen of the Year award in 2013, said the family was humbled by the commercial cattlemen award.

“I was kind of shocked. We don’t do this for any kind of accolade. We do this because we just like doing what we do,” Allan said. The brothers grew up on 5 acres in nearby West Liberty and were involved with 4-H and FFA. While their parents didn’t farm, their grandmother had a couple of hundred acres of farmland that she leased out. It was during college and working in Ohio State University’s Beef Barn that Allan realized he wanted to work with cattle. After college, he learned the trade through his job as a herdsman for a 1,500-head cattle farm in Guernsey County. But he still yearned to return to Champaign County and when he learned that the lease was about to end on his grandmother’s farmland, he jumped at the chance to return home and start his own herd. That was in 2004 and at the time he only had access to a 12-acre pasture. That was a problem because he’d brought dozens of cows home with him and before he knew it, the pasture was a big muddy mess. He cut down on the number of cows, and he and his father worked at converting some of the cropland into pasture and putting up fencing. About the same time, Thad realized he wanted to become more involved in the family farm. “I tried the office, city life and the ‘let’s live in the suburbs’ thing and as I got older, it became more apparent that I was more interested in being here and helping out,” said Thad, a highway technician for the Ohio Department of Transportation. “Allan was the focal point on pushing (the cattle side) and I wanted to help him. It turns out I really enjoy this as well.” Over a two-year period, the brothers increased their Angus-based herd from 35 to 100 and worked at cleaning up the farm. They cleared out brush, developed springs, put up fencing, created pastures and hacked out weeds. “Essentially nothing had been done for about 40 years,” Thad said. For about five years they toiled at improving their land while looking for ways to improve their herd. But the genetic side of the cattle operation continued to be a concern; it just wasn’t where they needed it to be. “We were not capitalizing on the investment we were making with our genetics. We were just selling feeder calves or raising our own replacements

and I didn’t know if AI was really benefiting us or if we could have the same result with just turning them out to the bulls,” Allan said. “There came a time when there was a switch mentality that this needed to be a business versus a hobby.” Not only could it not be just a hobby but it needed to be sustainable enough to rationalize the amount of time the two families were spending on it. Like his brother, Allan has a full-time off-farm job as manager of the feed mill at Heritage Cooperative and his wife, Kelly, and his sister-in-law, Amanda, are both secondgrade teachers. After Allan’s conversation with John Grimes, Robison Family Farms became a cooperator herd the very next breeding season. They started small by implanting about 15 embryos, resulting in about a half dozen calves born. They’ve worked hard at achieving a goal of 50 percent conception and are optimistic that their next round of 60 embryo transplants will result in 30 calves. They’ve started increasing the number of replacement heifers so they can have more recipient cows to grow their cooperator herd. “When we started out (doing artificial insemination), it was a struggle to sell steers and heifers that were not replacement quality and now we don’t have enough,” Thad said. “It’s been a ball that’s kind of rolled … it went from being that we needed to find a market for these feeder calves to hey, we need to find calves for (our buyers).” The Robisons keep back just a small group of cows for themselves to AI and then market some of the offspring privately to local farmers and friends. John and his wife, Joanie, do all the flushing work on their cows, and Dr. Roger Thompson implants the embryos into the Robisons’ cows. “We pregnancy check and calve that cow out and raise that calf as our own,” Allan said. “We wean it and precondition it and then sell it back to John and Joanie about 30 days after weaning.”

With a more sustainable approach to their farm in place, the next step is to not only increase the number of recipient cows but to put up a building to help deal with the elements. “We’d like to put up some sort of building because we’re on the edge of disaster at any point between the weather and mud. We are at the mercy of the weather all the time and while calving is not as big of a deal, it would give us some flexibility for calving and feeding cows as well as preconditioning calves so they’re not standing in the mud,” Allan said. His brother added that having some type of structure also would give the family some options if they decide to diversity the operation even more. Both families love raising their children on the family farm and are optimistic that someone will return to be the seventh generation to farm the land. Thad and Amanda’s children, 15-year-old Zane and 13-year-old Wyatt, are both considering some type of agriculture-related careers. Allan and Kelly’s children, 6-year-old Noah and 3-year-old Josie, enjoy helping out on the farm.

“All four of us have a common goal of giving this to our children and hopefully someone will be interested enough to do it,” Allan said. “We are fortunate that our grandmother afforded us the opportunity to do what we do today.” Thad said his uncle has told them several times over the years how happy he is that the family is continuing to farm the land. “He’s getting joy from watching us do something with the land that has been in the family for so long,” Thad said. “The farm has been in the family for over 100 years and hopefully that will continue for a very long time.” v Winter Issue 2019 | Ohio Cattleman |13

OCA News

Continued on page 26

OCA Directors, Officers Elected Hall Elected to Board of Directors, Walls Appointed

Lindsey Grimes Hall was recently elected to trepresent OCA’s members in District 11. Hall and her husband Adam reside near Hillsboro where they are a part of her family’s Angus and Sim-Angus seedstock operation, Maplecrest Farms. Their primary focus is to produce cattle that excel genetically without sacrificing superior phenotype. They market a majority of their bulls in southwestern Kansas, hold an annual female production sale every fall, and sell show heifers to juniors across Ohio and the U.S. She has a bachelor’s degree in animal science and a minor in food safety from The Ohio State University, as well as a Masters in Ruminant Nutrition from Kansas State University. Hall was a member of the 2012 Livestock Judging Team while at OSU where she was also selected as an All-American. She also serves as the Nutrition and Field Sales Manager for BioZyme Incorporated to provide technical support for the company’s sales staff and dealer network. Craig Shelton, former OCA director for District 11, will be recognized with a plaque for his leadership on the OCA board.

Also elected for a second term were: At-Large – Tom Karr, Pomeroy District 2 – Kelvin Egner, Shelby District 5 – Frank Phelps, Belle Center District 8 – Linde Sutherly, New Carlisle Appointed to finish Aaron Arnett’s term through 2020 was: At-large – Kyle Walls, Mt. Vernon

OCA Officers Elected

The OCA board of directors recently elected officers for 2019. They are from the left, Sasha Rittenhouse of New Carlisle, President; Aaron Arnett of

Galena, Vice-President; Bill Tom of Washington Court House, Treasurer. Not pictured is Tom Karr, Pomeroy, Executive Committee member at-large. Arnett and Rittenhouse, also serve as policy directors representing Ohio on the NCBA board of directors.

Foundation Officers Elected

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation board of directors recently elected officers for 2019. They are from the left, Joe Foster, of Gallipolis, President; Elizabeth Harsh, Executive Director and Secretary-Treasurer; and J.L. Draganic, Wakeman, Vice President.

Mt. Vernon Cattleman Appointed to Leadership Position

Kyle Walls was appointed by the OCA board of directors to fill the at-large director term previously held by Aaron Arnett, elected OCA Vice President in 2018. Walls and his wife, Ashton, and daughter Jolee, live near Mt. Vernon and are first generation farmers building their cattle operation. Walls was born and raised in central Indiana and attended Indiana University. After college Kyle spent time working on a large scale cattle operation in South Dakota, and other ranches in the western U.S. Kyle was very active in team roping and still manages to find time to rope throughout the summer months. Walls is employed by First-Knox National Bank a division of the Park National Corporation as a Commercial Lender specializing in agricultural lending. He is active in the Ag community serving as the President of the Knox County Cattlemen’s Association, prior co-chair of the Ohio Young Ag Professionals State Committee, volunteer with the Knox County 4-H program, member of the Knox County Farm Bureau and committee member for the Ohio Beef Expo junior show. v

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The 2019 Ohio Cattlemen’s newly appointed At-Large Director, Kyle Walls, Mt. Vernon and District 11 newly elected director Lindsey Hall, Hillsboro, at the December orientation and board meeting. 20 | Ohio Cattleman | Winter Issue 2019

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Breed News

Continued on page 28 Featuring our members’ success at local, state and national shows

Charolais Classics

Ohio Exhibitors Successful in Charolais Shows Boyert Show Cattle, Seville, Ohio, found tremendous success at the American Royal and NAILE. BOY Outlier 812 ET was Reserve Champion Charolais Bull at the American Royal, and Grand Champion Charolais Bull at NAILE. Additionally, Boyert Show Cattle presented the Spring Heifer Calf Champion Female in the Open Show at the American Royal and the Reserve Champion Spring Calf in the Open Show at NAILE, CC BS Call Me Maybe 8906 ET P. At the American Royal, Boyert Show Cattle exhibited BOY Bree 807 Pld ET, which was the Junior Heifer Calf Champion in the Open Show.

the Junior Show at KILE and the Open Show Champion Senior Champion Female at NAILE. Bailey Garwood also exhibited the Open Show Junior Calf Champion Female at NAILE and Reserve Junior Calf Female at the American Royal, CAG GARW Ms Faith 8608F ET.

Bailey Garwood, Columbiana, Ohio, exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion Charolais heifer, MLF Ms Montella, in the Junior Show at KILE.

Long Hall Cattle, Hillsboro, Ohio, had a successful NAILE, as they exhibited the Senior Calf Champion Female in the Charolais Open Show, LHC Layla 7046. Long Hall Cattle also won Senior Calf Champion Bull in the Open Show with LHC Blue Dog 7043.

Chianina Conquests Boyert Show Cattle, Seville, Ohio, exhibited BOY Outlier 812 ET to become Reserve Champion Charolais Bull at the American Royal, and Grand Champion Charolais Bull at NAILE.

Kathy Lehman, Shelby, Ohio, showed T/R MS Ledger E4 and was selected as the Grand Champion Charolais Heifer in the Junior Show at KILE and Champion Intermediate Female in the Open Show at the American Royal. Bailey Garwood, Columbiana, Ohio, exhibited MLF Ms Montella, the Reserve Champion Charolais Heifer in

Ohio has much success in NAILE Chianina Show

Emma Pitstick, South Solon, Ohio, was selected as Champion Division I Heifer in the Junior Show and Reserve Champion Division I Heifer in the Open Show with SC Mona Lisa 5F ET.

Gelbvieh Gatherings

Members claim many titles in the Gelbvieh Show at NAILE Griffiths takes Titles at American Royal

3G Ranch, Kendallville, Indiana, exhibited the Junior Champion Gelbvieh Bull which took home Overall Champion Gelbvieh Bull at American Royal. 3G Ranch also had success with 3G Faintly Saintly E7 852F, taking home Reserve Champion Balancer Heifer at the Royal and at NAILE. Additionally, 3G showed the Junior Bull Calf Champion at the American Royal and Senior Bull Calf Champion at NAILE, 3G Fort Apache 835F. Emily (Griffiths) Schilling, Kendallville, Indiana, received the honor of Premier Exhibitor and Premier Breeder at NAILE. At NAILE, Lara Rittenhouse, New Carlisle, Ohio, exhibited TJB Heart Breaker and was Reserve Champion Division I Heifer in the Junior Show and the Reserve Champion Heifer

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Investing in Beef Safety, Nutrition and Promotion Beef at the Heart of the OSU 4-Miler

On October 28th, the Ohio Beef Council (OBC) partnered with the Ohio State 4-Miler as a presenting sponsor of this year’s edition of the race. Building on the seasoned partnership with the race, OBC was heavily featured on all race materials, promotion and advertisement throughout the past several months. OBC staff, interns and members of the Ohio State Collegiate Cattle Association were present on race day to share the message about beef in the diet with runners and their families. In addition to distributing educational brochures, racegoers had a chance to sample lean beef jerky to help fuel or recover from their

run. This year’s race featured 15,500 runners, maintaining its reign as the largest 4-Miler in the United States. Race attendees had the opportunity to meet American Ninja Warrior star and cattle rancher, Lance Pekus. Pekus has utilized his television fame to promote beef in the diet and share how cattle are raised across the United States. In addition to the race day activities, OBC partnered with Shelley Meyer, wife of head football coach Urban Meyer, to create a recipe video promoting beef in an active lifestyle. This

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Two Ohio food bloggers: A Cedar Spoon and Lemons for Lulu have partnered with OBC to share veal recipes

eral diverse recipes that would appeal to a variety of cultures, tastes and price points. Results have been fantastic thus far and will continue to grow in the winter. To further boost the reach of this blog series, OBC hosted a Twitter party. The party featured each blogger sharing tips, tricks and recipes for slow cooking beef to perfection. Due to the number of large digital influencers participating, the party received over one million impressions on Twitter in a single evening.

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in the Cleveland and Akron markets throughout the fall. Launching in the last full week of October, the veal meatball and veal chop recipes have received many positive comments and feedback. In addition to the recipes, the bloggers have shared information on veal farming and preparation tips to make consumers more comfortable purchasing and preparing veal.

OBC has wrapped-up its 2018 series of Virtual Field Trips on beef farms across the state. These unique experiences connected with nearly 2,000 students and continue to receive high marks from survey results. Over the course of eight virtual field trips students had the opportunity to engage with a beef farmer to learn more about animal care, nutrition and how they ensure they are protecting their natural resources. Stay tuned for more virtual field trips in 2019 with an added option for students interested in a culinary career. v

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October was a busy month for the OBC blogger team: NeighborFood, Lemons for Lulu, Foodtastic Mom, A Cedar Spoon and What Molly Made. At the start of the month OBC launched the 2018 edition of the Crocktober series. As the cold months begin to set in, slow cooking becomes popular in households across the Midwest. The team of five food bloggers created sev-

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 Winter Issue 2018 | Ohio Cattleman |25

OCA News OCA BEST Program Kicks Off 20th Year The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) is pleased to announce the 2018-19 BEST (Beef Exhibitor Show Total) program sponsoring partners that include Bob Evans Farms; Farm Credit Mid-America; Frazier Farms; Garwood Cattle Company, LLC; Kalmbach Feeds – Formula of Champions; M.H. Eby, Inc.; John Deere, JD Equipment and Weaver Leather Livestock. BEST is a youth program of OCA that recognizes Ohio’s junior beef exhibitors for participation and placings through a series of sanctioned cattle shows that include showmanship competitions. Juniors who participate in these sanctioned shows earn points for their placings. Points are tabulated for cattle, showmanship, registered Bred & Owned animals and first or second year BEST participants in a separate Novice division for market animals, heifers and showmanship. The program promotes consistency for exhibitors at sanctioned shows hosted by county associations or agricultural groups and clubs. These points are tabulated and posted at www. ALL cattle entering Ohio to show in a BEST sanctioned show MUST be tagged with an electronic identification (EID) ear tag prior to arriving at their first BEST show. To obtain farm EID tags, exhibitors must first obtain a Premise ID number through the state’s Department of Agriculture – Animal Division. Once the Premise ID is received, contact an animal health product distributor and purchase EID tags. Visit best. to learn more about applying for a farm’s Premise ID before ordering EID tags. As the BEST program kicked off its’ 20th year on Thanksgiving weekend, the program’s volunteer leadership has kept the focus on continuing a familyfriendly atmosphere. User-friendliness is always the priority when any decisions are made for the program. In true celebratory fashion, the BEST committee and shows have a year of fun to be had! The 20th BEST entry into shows will be reimbursed their entry fees. The exhibitor must enter as normal and then will be notified if they are the 20th entry and their show entries will be reimbursed after the show. Additionally, commemorative BEST apparel will be available for pre-order throughout the year. Be sure to participate in our Throwback Thursday photos on OCA’s social media for fun and prizes to be awarded weekly! Use the hashtags #OhioCattle #BESTThrowback to be eligible for prizes! Stay tuned to OCA’s social media for more fun 20th year celebration activities as we go through the BEST season! BEST nominations and ALL online show entries must be made at best. Each exhibitor, BEST and non-BEST) will create a unique user account and record their cattle along with that account. Exhibitors who have participated in the program in previous years are able to keep their existing username and password. Exhibitors may complete this portion of the sign-up process now, and show

entries can be made starting on the Monday prior to each BEST show until the closure of check-in at each event. At the first BEST sanctioned show, the animal’s EID tag number will be recorded and will be used to check that animal in at any future BEST show for the 2018-19 show season. Once the participant and animal are entered into the system, show entries must be made prior to each show. Exhibitors may then pay for show entries online with a credit card or they may choose to pay upon arrival at the BEST show. Computers will also be available at each BEST show to facilitate online checkin. Please note that all cattle MUST be entered in the show prior to bringing cattle through check-in. Participants may also use their smartphone, tablet or PC and make show entries. OCA and sponsoring partner, Weaver Leather Livestock, have teamed up to recognize individuals that are exceptional leaders, no matter their age. Any OCA member or BEST participant or their parents may nominate other cattlemen, breeders and exhibitors for any of the Character Traits to be awarded at the end of the nomination period. Character Trait nominations for the 2018-19 season will open at on November 23, 2018 and close on April 1, 2019. The categories eligible for nomination include: passion, determination, influence, motivation and integrity. View more about the Character Traits at https://www.thewinnersbrand. com/about-us/principles-for-success. Nominations will be evaluated by a committee and awarded during the BEST program awards banquet on May

4, 2019. The program concludes with an annual awards banquet held in May where over 200 awards will be presented valued at over $75,000. All BEST participants that sign up for the program 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 at the end-of-the-year awards banquet. 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 grooming chute, donated by Weaver Leather Livestock. For the 2018-19 show schedule or for more information regarding the BEST program, visit www.ohiocattle. org or contact the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association at 614-873-6736 or email Be sure to follow OCA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat or visit www.ohiocattle. org for the latest program updates. v


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Breed News

Continued on page 30 Featuring our members’ success at local, state and national shows

Calf Champion in the Open Show. Rittenhouse also showed the Champion Spring Gelbvieh Bull Calf, LARA Ranger.

Hereford Happenings Ohio Hereford Breeders Win NAILE

Todd & Kim Herman, Lima, Ohio exhibited the Spring Bull Calf Division Champion who was selected as the Reserve Champion Bull, SSF KKH Optic 15U 814 ET.

Todd and Kim Herman, Lima, Ohio, with their NAILE Reserve Champion Bull, SSF KKH Optic 15U 814 ET.

Maine-Anjou Moments Successul KILE for Ohioans

Samantha VanVorhis, Bowling Green, Ohio, exhibited the Grand Champion Maine-Anjou Female in the KILE Open Show, TJSC Lucky Lady 164 ET. This heifer continued her success at NAILE being selected as the Reserve Champion Division III Heifer in the Junior Show and the Champion Division III Heifer in the Open Show.

Samantha VanVorhis, Bowling Green, Ohio, exhibited the Grand Champion Maine-Anjou Female in the KILE Open Show, TJSC Lucky Lady 164 ET.

Open Show. Tooms also exhibited the Reserve Champion Junior MaineTainer Heifer Calf, Krem Brut Miss Jane 12F ET, in both the Junior Show and Open Show, respectively.

Limousin Lookout 2018 Fall Show Results

Fawley Farms, Lynchburg, Ohio, exhibited the Division V Bull at the American Royal which took home Grand Champion Limousin Bull, FWLY Can Do. At KILE, Hannah Ziegler, Bloomville, Ohio, showed SCAS Euphoria 944 E which was selected as the Champion Senior Heifer Calf in the Junior Show. Jessica Duplaga, Grafton, Ohio, exhibited the Division VI Limousin Bull, ALDU Nelson 172D, in the Open Show at NAILE.

Miniature Magic

TNT Cattle Company, Mansfield, Ohio, with their Grand Champion Purebred Aberdeen Female, NAILE.

TNT Cattle Company, Mansfield, Ohio, with their Reserve. Grand Champion Purebred Aberdeen Female, NAILE.

2018 Aberdeen NAILE Results

In the American Aberdeen Show, TNT Cattle Company, Mansfield, Ohio, exhibited both the Grand and Reserve Champion Purebred Females. The University of Findley (U of F) exhibited the Spring Heifer Calf Champion, UF Miss Mistletoe 1113 26F. The U of F showed the Champion and Reserve Champion Fullblood Heifer Calves. The U of F exhibited UF Star Celebrity 10Z of Oz F, which was selected as the Junior Yearling Fullblood Heifer Champion and the Grand Champion Fullblood Female. The U of F also exhibited the Junior Fullblood Bull Calf, UF Shot of Jack 01 F. 110 UF Game Day 07E, exhibited by the U of F, was Reserve Junior Yearling Fullblood Bull and went on to be Reserve Grand Champion Fullblood Bull.


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Breed News

Continued on page 36 Featuring our members’ success at local, state and national shows

Red Angus Royalties 2018 Aberdeen NAILE Results

Leon Cattle Company, St. Clairsville, Ohio, found great success at Keystone International Livestock Exposition (KILE), as CTRH Footloose 1838 was selected as the Champion Spring Red Angus Bull Calf and the Grand Champion Red Angus Bull. In the Open and Junior Shows. Emily Paden, St. Clairsville, Ohio, exhibited the Champion Junior Red Angus Heifer Calf, CTRH 736T Flirtatious 1818. Emily Paden also showed CTRH Angels Embrace, which was the Champion Intermediate Heifer in the Open Show and the Reserve Champion Intermediate Heifer in the Junior Show. Madison Paden exhibited WR Ms Cita Everafter, which was the Grand Champion Red Angus Female in the Open Show and the Reserve Champion Red Angus Female in the Junior Show, respectively. At the North American Livestock Exposition (NAILE), Morgan Modro, Byesville, Ohio, presented the Division I Champion Red Angus Female, Country Rioja Princess 558.

Shorthorn Success

Shorthorn Exhibitors Have Successful Fall Show Season

Samantha VanVorhis, Bowling Green, Ohio, showed the Champion Junior ShorthornPlus Female, DUNK Augusta Price FMC 709E, in the Junior Show. Caden McClaughlin, Woodsfield, Ohio, showed the Reserve Champion Senior ShorthornPlus Female, SULL Lady, in the Open Show. Sara Britton, Custar, Ohio, exhibited GCC Premium Revival 934 ET, which was selected as the Intermediate Female Champion in both the Open and Junior Show. Colin Britton’s heifer was selected as Junior Heifer Champion. Olivia Wood, Sabina, Ohio, showed SULL Dream Girl 7201E ET, which was selected as the Reserve Champion Female in the Open and Junior Show.

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Champion ShorthornPlus Bull. Haley Frazier, Jackson, Ohio, exhibited at CF Judy’s Style ET x85 at both KILE and NAILE. She was selected as the Grand Champion ShorthornPlus Female in the Junior Show at KILE. She was also selected as the Reserve Junior Heifer Calf ShorthornPlus Champion in the Junior Show at NAILE.

Simmental Solutions Ohio Exhibitors Take Home Titles

Layne Lassnick, Painesville, Ohio, was chosen as the Reserve Champion Senior Heifer Calf Champion Simmental in the Junior and Open Show with SVJ Priceless E103. McKalynne Helmke, New Philadelphia, Ohio, exhibited Wise-Bahama Mama, which went on to be the Champion Intermediate Simmental Heifer in the Junior Show and the Reserve Champion Intermediate Simmental Heifer in the Open Show. Also in the Simmental Show at KILE, Megan Becker, Fleming, Ohio, showed Lazy

Desirae Logsdon, Amanda, Ohio, showed FF/DL Hot Rod 5E, which was selected as the Senior Champion ShorthornPlus Bull and Reserve Champion ShorthornPlus Bull.

Olivia Wood with her Res. Grand Champion heifer, SULL Dream Girl 7201E ET at the American Royal Junior and Open Shows.

Leon Cattle Company, St. Clairsville, Ohio exhibited CTRH Footloose 1838 as the Grand Champion Red Angus Bull at the KILE.

Additionally, the heifer was chosen as the Intermediate Shorthorn Female Champion in the Open Show. Piper Campbell, Eaton, Ohio, showed the Late Spring Heifer Calf Reserve Champion ShorthornPlus in both the Junior and Open Show, RC BRCC Cinderella 807. Reed Hanes, Celina, Ohio, exhibited the Early Spring Heifer Calf Champion in both the Junior Open Show, TSSC Blackberry Pie. In the Junior Show, Franklin Kinney, Lewistown, Ohio, showed H/F Crystals Lucy ET which was selected as the Early Spring Heifer Calf ShorthornPlus Champion. Brooke Hayhurst, Shreve, Ohio, showed the Senior Heifer Calf Champion ShorthornPlus in the Junior Show and the Reserve Senior

Kolten Greenhorn, Waynesville, Ohio, showed GCC Evolution Charm 7102, which won the Intermediate Shorthorn Heifer division before being selected as the Grand Champion Shorthorn Female and Champion Bred and Owned Female in the Junior Show.

Kolten Greenhorn, Waynesville, Ohio, showed GCC Evolution Charm 7102, selected as the Grand Champion Shorthorn Female and Champion Bred and Owned Female in the Junior Show.

Heifer Calf Champion ShorthornPlus in the Open Show, CF Blue Mary Lou 7134 DP ET. In the Open and Junior Show, Dalton Kennedy, Seaman, Ohio, exhibited the Reserve Senior Calf Champion ShorthornPlus Female, SULL Classy Crystal 7207E ET. Desirae Logsdon, Amanda, Ohio, showed FF/DL Hot Rod 5E, which was selected as the Senior Champion ShorthornPlus Bull and Reserve

Haley Frazier, Jackson, Ohio, exhibited at CF Judy’s Style ET x85. She was selected as the Grand Champion ShorthornPlus Female in the Junior Show at KILE.

Samantha VanVorhis presented the Reserve Champion Simmental Heifer in the Junior Show, TJSC She’s So Sweet 121E at Keystone.

H Shez On Fire E62 which was the Reserve Champion Intermediate Heifer in the Open Show and Champion Intermediate Heifer in the Junior Show. Samantha VanVorhis presented the Reserve Champion Junior Heifer in the Open Show and the Reserve Champion Simmental Heifer in the Junior Show, TJSC She’s So Sweet 121E. At KILE, Tyson Woodard, Cambridge, Ohio, showed the Reserve Champion Senior SimGenetics Female in the Open Show and Champion Senior SimGenetics Female in the Junior Show, W/C Loaded Up 1119Y. Landon Helmke, New Philadelphia,

Ohio, exhibited Wise-Margarita which was the Reserve Champion Junior Yearling SimGenetics Heifer in the Open Show. Layne Lassnick showed HPF Daisy Mae E063 which was the Champion Senior SimGenetics Female. In the Junior Show, Andrew Henthorn, Fleming, Ohio, was selected as the Reserve Champion Junior Heifer Calf and the Reserve Champion Best Bred & Owned with Lazy H Evvey E26. American Royal Kathy Lehman, Shelby, Ohio, exhibited LLSF Pays to Believe ZU194, the Percentage Simmental Senior Heifer Calf Champion in both the Open and Junior Show. Cade Liggett, Dennison, Ohio, exhibited JS Pearl 37E which was the Junior Division Reserve Champion Purebred Heifer in the Junior Show under judge Tyler Cates, Modoc, Indiana. Kathy Lehman exhibited the Division III Champion SimAngus Heifer in the Junior Show with JBOY Tammy 7902. CampbellCo Cattle, Cedarville, Ohio, showed CampbellCo Valentina and was Reserve SimAngus Cow Calf Pair in the Open Show. Austin Hunker, Bellevue, Ohio, had the Division IV SimAngus Female, BMW Ace 408 ET. Also in the Open Show, Kolten, Waynesville, Ohio, Greenhorn showed the Division V SimAngus Female, Hara’s SULL Princess 03 who went on the be the Grand Champion SimAngus Female. Clement Strausbaugh, Danville, Ohio, showed the Division IV Simmental Bull Champion, SBS/HF Collusion.

CampbellCo Cattle, Cedarville, Ohio, showed CampbellCo Valentina and was Reserve SimAngus Cow Calf Pair in the Open Show at NAILE.

Kolen Greenhorn, Waynesville, Ohio, showed Hara SULL Princess 03 to the Grand Champion SimAngus Female at the 2018 NAILE Open Show.

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GORDON RAY FLAX, age 91, of South Charleston, Ohio passed away November 2, 2018. Flax was born in 1927, graduated from Plattsburg High School in 1945 and attended The Ohio State University. In 1951, he married Mary E. Agle and for 61 years they were together until her passing. Flax was a member of Plattsburg United Church of Christ and a life-long Clark County farmer who enjoyed raising sheep, feeder cattle, and grain. He was involved in many local, state, and national agricultural organizations related to agriculture, 4-H, and community. His leadership roles included serving as President and executive director of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and president and Manager of the Clark County Fair, and advisor of the Premium Strivers 4-H Club. Flax was elected Clark County Commissioner in 1988 and served two terms. He was proud of Clark County and its history, people and diversity. He is survived by four children, 10 grandchildren including, Melanie Wilt, and 16 great grandchildren; one sister, Norma Jean Stickney, brother-in-law, John Agle, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Donations may be made in Flax’s memory to the Plattsburg United Church of Christ Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 699, South Charleston, OH 45368,

Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 10086, Toledo, OH 43699 or The Alzheimer’s Association, 31 W. Whipp Rd., Dayton, OH 45459. EDWARD MARTIN (ED) VOLLBORN, age 72, of Bidwell, Ohio passed away October 22, 2018. Vollborn was born in 1946 and was raised on the family farm outside Rio Grande. He was a graduate of Gallia Academy High School and held a master’s degree from The Ohio State University. After college, he taught agriculture and advised FFA in Vinton County Schools and Jackson City Schools. Vollborn helped shape the next generation of farming families as the Agriculture Agent with the OSU Extension Service in Jackson County and later in Gallia County. He also served as the South Center Grazing Program Leader. Although Vollborn would never take credit for it directly, today the ag community in Southeastern Ohio benefits from many of his good works. Projects like the building of the Main Lodge at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp, the building of the CH McKenzie Agricultural Center, and recruitment of Producers Livestock to Gallipolis were possible due to his leadership, tenacity, and encouragement. During his esteemed career, Vollborn received the Distinguished Service Award, a national award bestowed by the National Association of County

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OCA News Best of the Buckeye Program Offers Unique Opportunity for Breeders and Youth 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, is gearing up for another season. 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’s sponsoring partners are The Folks Printing and Dickson Cattle Company, heifer division; Jones Show Cattle and R.D. Jones Excavating, steer division; and Sullivan Supply and Stock Show University, breeder recognition. Thanks to these generous sponsors, $45,000 will be given through premiums at each show, academic scholarships and awards for both participants and breeders. The program provides Ohio seedstock breeders an additional marketing opportunity, creates a source for moderately priced show steers and heifers by providing a program with awards and prestige and attracts new participants interested in showing at the Ohio Beef Expo and/or the Ohio State Fair with the benefit of added premiums. Breeders are encouraged to use the Best of the Buckeye logo for use in printed

and digital promotion of Best of the Buckeye eligible cattle. The logo may be downloaded from the website at www. or requested by email at All nominating breeders will be recognized on the website at ohiocattle. org and will also be recognized for their honors achieved with the cattle they sell and nominate for the program. The category is sponsored by Sullivan Supply and Stock Show University.

Academic scholarships will be offered to youth pursuing a posthigh school degree. Scholarships will be based on academics and extracurricular activities. Eligible Best of the Buckeye participants are high school juniors through 21 years of age as of January 1, 2019. Academic scholarships will be awarded to participants and breeders pursuing an Ag related degree and may be awarded to applicants who are entering a non-Ag related field of study (based on the number of applications). All scholarship applicants will also be required to submit an essay along with their scholarship application. The scholarship essay topic will be predetermined and posted at www. The scholarship deadline will be June 15, 2019 and

scholarships will be presented at the Ohio State Fair. Best of the Buckeye exhibitor rules, last year’s show results and nomination details are available at or by contacting the OCA office. For more information, contact the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association at 614-873-6736 or email v

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Ohio Cattlemen Take Top Honors at United Producers First Annual Commercial Feeder Cattle Show and Sale at Hillsboro Market

United Producers Inc. (UPI) held its first annual Commercial Feeder Cattle Show and Sale at its Hillsboro, Ohio, facility on December 3. Scott Acker, UPI Senior Regional Manager, and Tim Dietrich, Beef Marketing Specialist with Kentucky Department of Agriculture, judged pens of eight to 10 beef steers and beef heifers, weighing 400-700 pounds, based on confirmation and consistency while keeping valueadded programs and genetics in mind. Banners and cash prizes were awarded to the top two pens in each category. The winners include: Grand Champion Steers – Steve Frazer, Hillsboro, Ohio; Reserve Grand Champion Steers – Brian and Josh Michael, Hillsboro, Ohio Grand Champion Heifers – Larry Grubbs, Patriot, Ohio; Reserve Grand

Champion Heifers – Steve Frazer, Hillsboro, Ohio There was a total of 98 cattle making up 12 entries for the show and sale. The steers averaged a price of $151.25 CWT and heifers averaged a price of $127.83 CWT. Sponsors of this event included: Merck Animal Health, Cherry Fork Farm Supply, the Hillsboro Chillicothe Feeder Calf Association and VitaFerm. United Producers, Inc. is one of the largest farmer-owned livestock marketing cooperatives in the United States. In addition to livestock marketing, United Producers provides credit and risk management solutions and serves more than 30,000 livestock producers in the Midwest United States.

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Wednesday, March 13

1 County Affiliate Beef Promotion Grant Application Deadline 4 OCA Annual Meeting and Banquet Registration Deadline 4 NCBA Convention Housing and Registration Deadline 5-6 Scarlet & Gray Midwest Showdown, Columbus, Ohio 12 OCA Annual Meeting & Banquet, Lewis Center, Ohio 15 Ohio Beef Expo Sponsorship Deadline 25 BEST Make-A-Wish Celebrity Showdown, Springfield, Ohio 26-27 Clark County Cattle Battle, Springfield, Ohio 30-31 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show, New Orleans, Louisiana

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 Complexin 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Large Equipment Move-In

Thursday, March 14

February 1 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show, New Orleans, Louisiana 2 Ohio Cattleman Expo Issue Advertising Deadline 9-10 Madison County Winter Classic, London, Ohio 16 Beef 509 - 1st Session 16-17 War at Warren County, Lebanon, Ohio 23 Beef 509 - 2nd Session

March 1 Best of the Buckeye Nomination Deadline 2-3 Holmes County Preview, Millersburg, Ohio 5 Ohio Beef Expo Junior Show Online Fundraiser, Breeders’ World Online Sales 15-17 Ohio Beef Expo, Columbus, Ohio

Welcome to the Allied Industry Council.


Friday, March 15

Official Website

Official Hotel

Trade Show set up for large indoor equipment All breeding cattle must be in place ShowBloom Breeds Building Trade Show set-up outdoor & small indoor displays Trade Show Open The Social, Hilton Columbus/Polaris

8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Judging Contest Registration, Voinovich Building Mezzanine 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Trade Show Open, Voinovich Building 8:30 a.m. Breed Shows begin in Cooper Arena & ShowBloom Breeds Building 10:00 a.m. Angus Parade, Cooper Arena, South Ring 12:00 p.m. Hereford Show, Cooper Arena, South Ring 12:00 p.m. Shorthorn Show, Cooper Arena, North Ring 12:00 p.m. Gelbvieh Show, ShowBloom Breeds Building 1:00 p.m. Red Angus Parade, Cooper Arena 1:00 p.m. Murray Grey Show, ShowBloom Breeds Building 9:00 a.m. Judging Contest Begins, Denny Hales Arena 10:00 a.m. Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Adult Certification, Voinovich Building 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Genetic Pathway Open, ShowBloom Breeds Building 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Junior Show Check in, Gilligan Complex 12:00 p.m. Stock Show U Fitting Demo, Voinovich Building 1:30 p.m. Online Feeder Cattle Sale, Voinovich Building 2:30 p.m. Judging Contest Awards, Cooper Arena 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Genetic Pathway Open, ShowBloom Breeds Building 3:30 p.m. Youth Beef Quality Assurance, Cooper Arena 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Cowboy Happy Hour, Voinovich Building 5:30 p.m. Junior Show Welcome Party & Weaver Leather Livestock Fitting Demonstration, Cooper Arena

Hilton Columbus/Polaris 8700 Lyra Drive Columbus, OH 43240 614.885.1600 King Room - $129 Saturday, March 16 8:00 a.m. Mini Hereford Show, Cooper Arena Double Room - $139 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Trade Show Open, Voinovich Building

Ohio Cattlemen’s Association

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

10:00 a.m. Breed Sales begin in Voinovich Building 10:00 a.m. Shorthorn Sale, Ring 1 10:00 a.m. Red Angus Sale, Ring 2 12:00 p.m. Hereford Sale, Ring 1 12:00 p.m. Angus Sale, Ring 2 2:00 p.m. Simmental Sale, Ring 1 2:00 p.m. Maine-Anjou Sale, Ring 2 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Genetic Pathway Open, ShowBloom Breeds Building 12:00 p.m. Junior Showmanship, Cooper Arena 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Genetic Pathway Open, ShowBloom Breeds Building

Sunday, March 17

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8:00 a.m. - Noon Noon Noon - 3:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

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

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Parting Shots

Advertisers’ Index Armstrong Ag & Supply...................................... 40 Beef Quality Assurance..................................... 15 Buckeye Hereford Association.......................... 23 Bush Hog............................................................. 27 COBA/Select Sires............................................. 29 Crystalyx............................................................. 33

OCA Allied Industry Council members met for their Late Fall meeting. The meeting included a policy update from NCBA’s Colin Woodall, VP of Government Affairs, and planning for 2019 events & programs.

Dickinson Cattle Co........................................... 23 Highland Livestock Supply................................ 31 Hilton - Polaris.......................................................5 John Deere.......................................................... 43 Kalmbach............................................................ 44


Karr Farms.............................................................9 Mix 30 Agridyne..................................................17 Novak Town Line Farm....................................... 23 O’Connor Farms Limousin................................. 23 Ohio Beef Council............................................... 35 PBS Animal Health............................................. 37 Reed & Baur Insurance Agency........................ 27 Saltwell Western Store...................................... 37 Sweetlix.............................................................. 23 Roger Thompson, DVM...................................... 37 BEST Junior Representatives met for a team building night in mid-October. Included in their event were team and individual goals, teamwork, encouragement and a focus on the Character Traits program.

Trennepohl Farms............................................... 23 Triple B Enterprise.............................................. 23 Valentine Farms................................................. 23 Ed Vollborn Estate Sale........................................2 Wayview Cattle......................................................7 Weaver Leather Livestock............................38-39

Get to know the latest evolution of the John Deere 6R Series Tractors. Meet the all-new CommandPRO™Control. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen before in a John Deere Tractor. With the CommandPRO™, you’ll have implement and tractor controls right at your fingertips, all configurable through the new Generation 4 4200 CommandCenter™. You’ll maneuver with inching control to help lineup and hookup your implements, and, with the control, go from zero to top speed with one, simple push forward. Perfect for road transport.

The 2018 Beef Industry Update meeting series wrapped up in late October in Williams County. Several attended the evening meeting for an OCA event and policy update and to hear from AIC members, Farm Credit Mid-America and Kalmbach Feeds, Inc.

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Other 6R updates include Variable Ratio Steering for turning with less effort, a service door for easy access to oil checks, and JDLink in base for remote dealer support-all for an elevated experience that keeps you in maximum comfort and total control. The future of tractor operation starts with the 6R. Experience the 6Revolution at your local John Deere dealer.

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