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Features 10-11 Annual Meeting & Banquet

16 OCA Directors, Officers Elected

28 OCA BEST Program

14-15 Voge Farms A focus on family and

18 Cattlemen’s Academy a Success in Year One

33 OCA Best of the Buckeye Program

News & Notes


sustainability spells success for Voge Farms

38 Governor DeWine Announces H2Ohio Water Quality Plan

by Shelby Riley

Editorial 4

Harsh Realities


Your Dues Dollars at Work


OCA News & Views



Forage Corner

32 On the Edge of Common Sense


Allied Industry Council

OCA News


Calendar of Events


Beef Briefs


Parting Shots


Breed News


Advertisers’ Index

34 Your Checkoff Dollars at Work

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 www.ohiocattle.org cattle@ohiocattle.org Editor Elizabeth Harsh

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This year the beef industry is also enjoying an especially Merry Christmas with the recent good news on trade agreements. In early December cattlemen received word that Japan had given their final stamp of approval on the U.S. Japan trade agreement that will lower tariffs for U.S. beef exports to that nation.

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 2020 issue is 3,143. 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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Christmas Came Early for Cattlemen Meetings for the cattlemen’s association take me to Ohio State’s main campus on a regular basis. On today’s trip the destination signs on all the campus buses proudly proclaimed Big Ten Champs. Christmas came early to Buckeye Nation with the football team’s win earlier this month at the Big Ten Championship game. Hopefully by the time students return to class after the first of the year, the campus buses will have even bigger titles to announce.

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This agreement is of historic proportions because Japan holds greater opportunities for U. S. beef producers than any other international market. Japan is currently the number one export market for U.S. beef, representing $2 billion a year in sales and accounting for nearly $100 per head for every fed animal sold in this country. With approval of this agreement, some experts predict that the Japan market could double in sales reaching $4 billion in the years to come. As a result, America’s cattle producers will no longer be at a competitive disadvantage in our largest export market. This bilateral trade agreement will gradually lower the tariff on U.S. beef from 38.5 percent to 9 percent. This will keep U.S. beef on a level playing field with imports from Australia, Canada, Mexico, and other countries. OCA and NCBA have been strong supporters of President Trump’s push for a bilateral trade deal with Japan, and we look forward to capitalizing on this opportunity that is expected to go into effect on January 1, 2020. Another Christmas present for cattleman arrived on December 10 when it was announced that a deal had been reached between the White House and House Democrats after months of negotiations on the U.S.-Canada-Mexico Agreement (USMCA). A vote for ratification of USMCA by Congress is the next step. As this magazine went to press ratification was expected to start in the House before Christmas. The House vote will be followed by a vote in the Senate, with all of this required to happen within 90 Congressional days. This agreement is good for the U.S. beef industry and good for the American economy because USMCA preserves dutyfree, unrestricted access for U.S. beef exports to Canada and Mexico that are worth roughly $1.8 billion. Cattle producers need to push Congress for immediate action and a yes vote on USMCA to avoid it spilling over into the new year. To learn more about the latest beef export news and other issues, plan to attend the OCA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet on Saturday, January 11. OCA is proud to host Mark Gardiner of Gardiner Angus Ranch in Kansas as the featured speaker for our kick-off luncheon. This will be followed by OCA’s annual meeting where members will set policy for 2020. Details are included in this issue and the deadline to register is January 3. And if the Christmas presents keep coming, we’ll be happy to add to our annual meeting agenda an OCA style Buckeye football pep rally for the National Championship Game on January 13 in New Orleans. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family. I wish you health, happiness and prosperity in 2020.v

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OCA Officers

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

OCA News & Views By Sasha Rittenhouse, OCA President

Big Changes and Triumphs Round Out the Year I honestly don’t know where to begin on my last column for this magazine. It has truly been an honor to serve as the President of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association these past two years. I appreciate each and every one of you for being involved in the beef industry. I have enjoyed meeting many of you and have been honored to represent you and Ohio’s Beef industry at the State and National levels.

OCA Directors

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

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

OCA Staff Elizabeth Harsh Executive Director Kagney Collins Director of Education Stephanie Sindel Director of Member Services & Youth Programs Ron Windnagel Director of Accounting & Operations Shelby Riley Project Manager Tracie Stanley Administrative Assistant

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I am excited about the new things that the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association has undertaken. The Cattlemen’s Academy calving clinics that we have hosted throughout the state have been a huge hit and we plan to continue them into 2020. We are looking at additional topics to cover and we look forward to continuing this program well into the future. We are also excited about the restructuring of what was known as the County Affiliate program. We genuinely value the relationship between OCA and each county cattlemen’s association throughout the state, and this new structure will help OCA do a better job of providing information and services to the county organizations. Our board is looking forward to this new relationship and we believe it will open more opportunities for both OCA and the county organizations. OCA is also rolling out our new BEST Stockmanship competition, and this is very near and dear to my heart. Our job as leaders is to help mold young people into the most successful, knowledgeable, well-rounded individuals that we can, and this new competition that will be part of the BEST program is a huge step in that direction. We are looking forward to opportunities like a written test, fitting contest, salesmanship contest, quiz bowl, and judging contest for these young people to take part in. If you haven’t heard about it yet, there is more information on the website, and participants do not have to show cattle in the BEST program to compete in the Stockmanship division. These are some of the fun, new and exciting things going on, and despite preparing for a new year, our ever-amazing staff continue to engage on issues like water quality. OCA has represented the beef industry in many meetings with members of the Ohio Agriculture Conservation Initiative (OACI) and the DeWine administration as they prepared to announce their H2Ohio plan. H2Ohio, among other things, will initially assist farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB) address phosphorus reduction efforts. While these efforts are long-term, it’s good to have a plan that provides farmers with the tools and incentives they need to make progress and we appreciate partnering with the administration to make this happen. Thank you again for allowing me to represent you and the rest of the membership. It has been a blast these past two years, I have enjoyed my time on the board of directors and am looking forward to staying active with the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association! I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a happy and wonderful New Year!v


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Your Dues Dollars at Work Legislative & Regulatory

• Contacted Ohio’s Congressional delegation requesting that they sign on a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) requesting greater control of black vultures. OCA’s message was that Ohio’s cattlemen are experiencing significant economic losses caused by black vultures with the reports of damage and number of birds continuing to expand throughout our state. U.S. Representatives Bob Gibbs, Steve Chabot. Anthony Gonzalez, Mike Turner, Brad Wenstrup, and Senator Rob Portman all supported the effort. • Ohio’s cattlemen need more flexibility regarding Hours of Service when transporting their cattle. OCA recently requested Ohio’s congressional offices to become cosponsors of H.R. 4919 - The Responsible & Efficient Agriculture Destination (TREAD) Act. This bill will provide for an additional 150 air-miles exemption from Hours of Service (HOS) regulations on the backend of hauls for those transporting agricultural commodities. The bill would also allow for year-round use of these exemptions. U. S. Representative Bob Gibbs was one of the original cosponsors, who was joined by Representative Troy Balderson. • OCA and Ohio’s livestock farmers submitted testimony in support of House Bill 183, as introduced by Ohio Representatives John Patterson and Susan Manchester. The bill would help beginning farmers by establishing tax credits. Several recent changes were made to the bill. These include families being eligible to participate, a $5 million cap on the program, a sunset clause for review of the program, and OSU Extension certifying farmer eligibility. • Governor Mike DeWine recently announced his H2Ohio plan. OCA represented the beef industry in many meetings with members of the Ohio Agriculture Conservation Initiative (OACI) and the DeWine administration. The Ohio General Assembly invested $172 million into H2Ohio through the state budget passed earlier this year. The phosphorus reduction part of the plan will help farmers located in the Western Lake Eric Basin implement best management practices. The plan will focus on the 10 best phosphorus reduction practices that will reduce the most phosphorus at the lowest cost. • OCA and Ohio’s livestock farmers submitted testimony in support of Senate Bill 2 as introduced by Ohio Senators Bob Peterson and Matt Dolan. Senate Bill 2 will form a statewide watershed planning and management program for the protection of Ohio’s waterways and create watershed coordinator positions across the state. • Contacted Ohio’s Congressional delegation with a final push for ratification of the USMCA agreement. The message was the beef industry needs Congress to vote yes

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on USMCA and that USMCA is good for beef producers and good for the American economy.


• Interviewed and selected interns for OBC and OCA for the spring semester. Internships begin in January and run through March. • Announced the sponsoring partners for the BEST program, held the first shows of the 2019-20 season and held youth Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) training in conjunction with the AGR Holiday Classic. • Debuted the first components of the new stockmanship division of the OCA BEST program that included written tests for participants at all BEST shows this season. • Assisted selection committee in finalizing 24 youth recipients for Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation scholarships

Programs & Events

• Partnered with the Ohio State Animal Sciences Department to host calving clinics through the new OCA Cattlemen’s Academy program. • Held a successful OCA Replacement Female sale at Muskingum Livestock Auction with nearly 100 females selling. • Began planning for the 2020 Ohio Beef Expo. 2020 sponsorship information is available at www.ohiobeefexpo. com. Trade Show exhibitor contracts were emailed, and sponsorship info was distributed. • Finalized plans for the OCA Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet on January 11 at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center, Lewis Center, Ohio.


• Mailed membership renewals for 2020 and finalized list of member benefits. • OCA Executive Committee met to develop 2020 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 2020 Ohio State Fair planning meeting for the beef department and helped distribute EID/DNA kits for 2020 state fair 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, and Shorthorn associations. • Announced a new online store for OCA, BEST and Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner apparel and promotional items on the OCA website at ohiocattle.org.v

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Ohio Cattlemen’s Association

Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet Columbus, Ohio

January 11, 2020

Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center 100 Green Meadows Drive South | Lewis Center, Ohio 43035

7:30 a.m.

OCA & OBC Breakfast (invitation only)

8:00 a.m.

OCA & OBC Board & Leadership Training Session

8:30 a.m.

Registration desk opens

8:30 a.m.

OCA PAC silent auction opens

9:00 a.m.

Cattlemen’s Challenge Written Test *Open to BEST participants ONLY.

10:00 a.m.

Youth Beef Quality Assurance

10:00 a.m.

Ohio CattleWomen’s Annual Meeting

10:00 a.m.

11:30 a.m.

11:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m.

Exclusive State Policy & Issues Briefing

Participants include OCA Board, Ohio Young Cattlemen (OYC) members & past Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC) participants.

Opening Luncheon

Featuring speaker Mark Gardiner, Gardiner Angus Ranch, Ashland, Kansas. Mark will share his outlook for the future of the beef industry and relate his vision to Gardiner’s daily ranch operations and future goals.

Youth Luncheon open to Cattlemen’s Challenge & Youth Quiz Bowl participants Youth Quiz Bowl *Open to BEST participants ONLY.

1:30 p.m.

OCA Annual Meeting

Take an active role in your organization by attending the Annual Meeting. Members will set policy for 2020 and receive program updates. Speaker will be Ethan Lane, Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. He will provide a legislative briefing related to OCA and NCBA policy priorities.

Youth Quiz Bowl Awards & Photos 3:30 p.m.

5:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

8:30 p.m.

Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation Annual Meeting

Following the annual meeting, the Foundation and the Ohio CattleWomen will present scholarships to the 2019 recipients.

Hospitality Hour 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 Award.

Cattlemen’s Social & PAC Auction

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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President, Gardiner Angus Ranch, Ashland, Kansas Gardiner Angus Ranch (GAR) is a family-owned operation and leading Angus genetics business located near the Oklahoma Panhandle. The family has developed an embryo transfer program that makes over 3,500 transfers a year, making it one of the largest of its kind in the world. Gardiner Angus Ranch presently consists of over 48,000 acres and breeds more than 45,000 head of Angus females each year and calves about 2,000 cows each fall and spring. The remaining females are marketed in annual production sales. All of these registered and commercial Angus females are settled by embryo transfer or artificial insemination. Embryo transfer produces over 70 percent of the registered Angus calves born each year on the ranch. In addition, embryos from GAR donor cows are put into other ranches’ cows and the calves bought back at weaning. Gardiner Angus Ranch typically will raise 800 embryo transfer calves in cooperator herds, and markets over 2,600 Angus bulls a year. Additionally, four annual production sales are held at Gardiner Angus Ranch. The April sale is the largest of the four, where typically over 1,300 head are sold in one day. This sale of bulls and females has grossed over one million dollars each of the last 20 annual sales, making it one of the larger production sales in the United States. Gardiner graduated with a bachelor’s degree in animal sciences and industry from Kansas State University in 1983. He is active in the Beef Improvement Federation, and is also a former President of the Kansas Angus Association. Gardiner is married to the former Eva Stumpff DVM.MS. Together they have twin sons, Cole and Ransom, who joined GAR full time in 2016 and son, Quanah, a freshman at Kansas University.

Vice President of Government Affairs, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

Lane is a fifth generation Arizonan with more than 20 years of experience in natural resources, land use issues, and advocacy on behalf of the cattle industry. Prior to his current role, Lane was the executive Director for the Public Lands Council and Senior Executive Director of the NCBA Federal Lands portfolio. Before joining PLC and NCBA, he operated a consulting firm where he worked on multiple high profile political campaigns and advised a variety of private companies and industries on regulatory and legislative issues impacting their businesses. Prior to moving to Washington, Lane spent ten years helping to grow and manage a large real estate and ranch portfolio in Arizona. His diverse background gives him a unique perspective on the challenges producers face on a daily basis.

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Live & Silent PAC Auction Items will sell at the conclusion of the banquet.

Refreshments Live Auction PAC Fundraiser Social

Showcase your beef industry knowledge by competing in the OCA BEST Stockmanship division by completing the Cattlemen’s Challenge Written Test and Youth Quiz Bowl. The OCA BEST Stockmanship contests offered in conjunction with the OCA Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet are open only to OCA BEST participants ages 8-21 (as of Jan. 1, 2020). The Annual Meeting will serve as one of the locations available to take the Cattlemen’s Challenge Written Test and the scores from the test will count toward the Overall Stockmanship Awards that will be awarded at the OCA BEST Banquet on May 2, 2020. The top Quiz Bowl teams in each of the age categories will be recognized during the Annual Meeting. Cattlemen’s Challenge Written Test participants may sign up as individuals and Youth Quiz Bowl teams of four (4) may sign up at OhioCattle.org. If any individual signing up for the Cattlemen’s Challenge Written Test would like to participate in the Youth Quiz Bowl, but doesn’t have a team, they may elect to be placed on a Youth Quiz Bowl team in their Cattlemen’s Challenge sign up. OCA will assign individuals to teams accordingly; however, team participation is not guaranteed when signing up as an individual. For more details on the OCA BEST Stockmanship Division, visit OhioCattle.org.

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January 11, 2020

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OCA News OCA Holds Seventh Annual Replacement Female Sale The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) held its seventh annual Replacement Female Sale on November 29 at the Muskingum Livestock Auction Company in Zanesville, Ohio. A large crowd was on hand to bid on 93 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 93 lots of bred heifers, bred cows, and a cow-calf pair at the auction. The sale included 75 lots of bred heifers that averaged $1,379, 17 lots of bred cows that averaged $1,375, and one cow-calf pair that sold for $1,700. The 93 total lots grossed $128,525 for an overall average of $1,382. The females sold to

buyers from Ohio, Michigan, and West Virginia. Col. Ron Kreis served as the auctioneer. The Ohio State University Beef Center of Dublin, OH consigned the top selling lot at $2,800. The Lot 9 Simmental x Angus bred heifer sold to Doug Nickles of Loudonville, OH. Locust Lane Farms of Ashland, OH sold Lots 51 and 52, purebred Simmental heifers for $2,200 each to Adam Foulkes of Bellville, OH. KO Cattle of Jacobsburg, OH sold Lot 48, a Simmental crossbred bred heifer to Kelly Dugan of Gambier, OH at $2,000. 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, OCA Replacement Female Sale Manager at (937) 763-6000, or by e-mail at john@maplecrestfarms.com. More information can be obtained by contacting OCA at (614) 873-6736 or at www.ohiocattle.org.v

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Beef Briefs Save the Dates for Ohio Beef Winter Programs

Mark your calendars now for the Ohio Beef Cattle Nutrition and Management School to be held in two locations, with two sessions at each locale. Session 1 will focus on utilizing small grains in the diets of all ages and production groups of beef cattle, utilizing alternative forages and managing your herd or feedlot with lower quality feedstuffs. This discussion will be led by former Ohio State University (OSU) research nutritionist and current University of Georgia Department of Animal Sciences Chair, Dr. Francis Fluharty. Session 1 will take place from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in Sandusky County (location to be determined) on January 29th, and 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the OSU Newark Campus in Licking County on January 30th. Session 2 will also be from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the same locations on February 12th in Sandusky county, and February 13th in Licking County. This session will feature talks by several OSU Extension Educators on marketing strategies commodity market outlook, feeding for the grids/ carcass quality, forage testing, and managing annual forages for grazing and hay. The OSU Extension Beef Team also plans to hold a hands-on, Ohio Beef Cow/Calf workshop at the Claylick Run farm sale facility outside of Newark, in Licking County. This workshop will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., including lunch, with two different sessions held January 30th and February 13th. Session 1 will focus on alternative feeds and forages, and managing beef brood cow nutrition, with discussion led by Dr. Francis Fluharty. Session 2 will focus on herd health and reproduction with Dr. Les Anderson from the University of Kentucky and includes live demonstrations from OSU Extension Beef Team members on body condition scoring, bull breeding soundness evaluation, and semen handling. Both sessions of the workshop will be held in a heated barn with an

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informal demonstration and question/ answer setting utilizing live animals and equipment. The cost for the two sessions Ohio Beef Cattle Nutrition and management School will be $40 and will include handouts and snacks. The cost for the two session Ohio Beef Cow/Calf Workshop will also be $40 and will include lunch and handouts. For questions, contact Allen Gahler in Sandusky County at 419-334-6340 or gahler.2@osu.edu, or Dean Kreager in Licking County at 740-670-5315, or kreager.5@osu.edu.

Ohio Agricultural Council Offers Scholarship Program

The Ohio Agricultural Council (OAC) is offering three (3) $1,500 scholarships to Ohio high school seniors who plan to pursue a degree in agriculture and up to three (3) $1,500 scholarships to undergraduate college students from Ohio who are currently pursuing a degree in agriculture. Applicants or their parent or legal guardian must be a resident of Ohio. Scholarships are selected based on academic record, leadership qualities, community involvement and responses to application essay questions. Scholarship recipients are also provided a one-year complimentary student membership to OAC. Scholarship applications for the 2020-2021 school year are now available at www.OhioAgCouncil. org. Completed applications must be returned to OAC by February 15, 2020. Scholarship recipients will be notified no later than April 15 of their award. Recipients will also be recognized at OAC’s 55th Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame Awards Program on August 7 at the 2020 Ohio State Fair. For more information, contact Janice Welsheimer at info@ohioagcouncil.org or 614-794-8970.

Cattlemen Celebrate Finalization of Trade Deal With Japan

On December 3, Japan approved the passage of the U.S.-Japan trade agreement. This agreement will gradually lower the tariff on U.S. beef from 38.5 percent to 9 percent. This will keep U.S. beef on a level playing

field with imports from Australia, Canada, Mexico, and other countries. Japan is the largest export market for U.S. beef, accounting for approximately $2 billion in sales per year. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President Jennifer Houston issued the following statement in response to the approval. “There’s just no other way to say it: this is a tremendous victory and a great day for America’s beef producers and Japanese consumers. Japan is the number one export market for U.S. beef, and for many years it has been a top priority of NCBA to remove tariff and non-tariff trade barriers that have prevented American beef producers from meeting Japanese consumer demand for high-quality U.S. beef. This agreement levels the playing field and opens the door for U.S. beef producers to meet consumer demand in Japan. NCBA has been a strong supporter of President Trump’s push for a bilateral trade deal with Japan, and we look forward to capitalizing on this opportunity in 2020. The agreement is expected to go into effect on January 1, 2020.

NCBA Is Accepting Fall Intern Applications for Fall 2020

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) and the Public Lands Council's (PLC) Government Affairs office in Washington, D.C., is accepting internship applications for the Fall 2020 semester. Positions for next fall (early September - mid December 2020) include public policy interns and a law clerk. The deadline to apply for either position is March 6, 2020. PLC Associate Director, Policy & Administration, Allie Nelson and a former NCBA intern herself, said this is a perfect chance for students interested in the cattle industry and public policy. "These internships let students get an up-close look on how issues that impact U.S. cattlemen and cattlewomen intersect with policy-making in our nation's capital," said Nelson. "These internships represent unique opportunities to assist with NCBA and Winter Issue 2020 | Ohio Cattleman | 13

Commercial Cattleman of the Year A focus on family and sustainability spells success for Voge Farms Story & Photos by Shelby Riley


red Voge doesn’t know exactly which one of his forefathers settled in the area and began the farming operation, but he is certain that raising cattle, crops and children is what he was meant to do. A cattle producer from Preble County, Voge was recently named the Commercial Cattleman of the Year for the dedication he has shown to the industry over the course of his career. With four generations currently living on the farm, it comes as no surprise that family is important to Fred Voge. With this comes a sense of responsibility to leave the farm better than it was for future generations, and this includes

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his daughter and son in law Lindsey and Austin Cole, and their two young children Kasen and Kooper. “You know, over the years, I watched a couple grandfathers and my dad, and their main goals in life were to make the farm better,” he explains. “That’s pretty much my goal also.” Voge has worked hard to ensure the land that he is leaving for his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren is fertile and productive. In particular, he is proud of his farming practices and the lengths to which he has gone to maximize sustainability. “I’m fairly proud to say that since 1980 there has been no commercial phosphorus applied on this farm, and a very minute amount of potassium. Yet, when you go to have it soil sampled, my fertility is very good,” says Voge. “And that didn’t happen by accident. We worked at it.” Voge and his family have accomplished this by creating a whole farm plan with the Natural Resources Conservation Service Ohio (NRCS), and diligently following that plan. Voge Farms uses a very minimal amount of tillage, they incorporate cover crops, and manure is

applied back onto the land. This is Voge’s idea of being sustainable. This leads to another piece of the farm and its level of sustainability that Voge is very proud of – water quality. “The Ohio EPA and the Department of Natural Resources has designated Twin Creek, which is a small stream not too far from here, as the second cleanest stream in the state of Ohio,” says Voge with a sense of accomplishment. “That stream goes directly through my big farm.” Voge goes on to elaborate about this accomplishment. “We’ve had some very intensive livestock production right in this watershed, and obviously there has been no nutrient run-off,” he says. Much of Voge’s success in this capacity is his willingness to make sacrifices on his farm for the sake of conservation. Pointing out the dry stack unit close to the barn, he explains how they always feed from the high side to the low side, and because of where the unit is located, water runs off a concrete pad directly into the silage rather than going back into the watershed. This changes the dry matter content of the feed, which is not ideal. However, Voge says that it is worth it to avoid runoff issues.

Another element of the operation that has contributed to the Voge family’s farming success has been the ability of family members to specialize and work together. Fred and his brother each own their own farms separately, but they are able to share machinery and the entire family can help out with chores as needed. Voge has been spending increasingly more time sourcing and personally transporting cattle with his semi, so having family to help is crucial. Transporting cattle himself helps the health status of the young feeder cattle immensely. However, this takes quite a bit of his time, and he must always be prepared to haul when he makes a purchase. He recalls a recent trip to Kentucky where he bought 375 head of cattle and made multiple trips in a row back and forth to haul them home. “Those all night drives are tough, but it’s just one of those things that you have to do,” says Voge. In the end, it is worth it to keep his cattle healthy. “Having the ability to drive those trucks is important to getting the cattle here properly.” Additionally, when he purchased his most recent set of cattle, he was only able to purchase them at the price he wanted under one condition – he had to pick them up the very next morning, which meant getting in the semi and driving overnight to West Virginia. He knew that it was a nice set of cattle, at a good price, and he fortunately had the ability to transport them himself. Many producers would not have been able to secure transportation with such short notice, but because Voge was able to haul himself, he was able to make that purchase for his operation. Although hauling the cattle is a big part of what Voge does in his operation, it is just one piece of the puzzle that contributes to his superior herd health and the overall quality of the beef he produces. “The thing that I’m personally most proud of would be the business of sourcing the feeder cattle for the rest of the family and for the rest of the farmers in the area,” says Voge. “Quite honestly, the rest of the family has been very successful, and I would like to think that my help in sourcing those cattle has been a big part of that.” For those who are unfamiliar with the process of sourcing feeder cattle, it takes an individual with a skilled, keen eye and a great deal of business savvy to do the job that Voge has been doing

“THE THING THAT I LOOK FORWARD TO THE MOST DURING THE WEEK IS BEING ABLE TO GO TO CHURCH ON SUNDAY MORNING AND WORSHIP WITH FOUR GENERATIONS.” -FRED VOGE when it comes to purchasing cattle at the sale barn. He has to be able to identify cattle that are the right weight and will travel well. Minimizing weight loss during transportation plays a big part in maximizing profit. “There’s a big difference between a load of cattle that will shrink two to four percent when they get to the farm compared to cattle that will shrink six to ten percent,” explains Voge. “That’s huge on the bottom line, and I’ve gotten to where I can do that fairly well I feel.” The cattle on the farm are primarily Angus, Hereford and Charolais cross cattle, but in addition to these domestic breeds, Voge also feeds some Wagyu cattle. He started doing this in the last few years to minimize risk, and with the help of the Ohio State University Extension beef team, he has implemented successful management program which includes a meticulously designed feeding ration. The last pen of cattle Voge marketed out of his barn graded over fifty percent prime, which speaks to the success of his program and is attributed to the work he has put in and the improvements he has made over the years. Outside of being an excellent producer, Voge has also continued to play an active role in the improvement of his community. He’s been on the local board of education as well as a county commissioner in Preble County. Additionally, he

served as chairman of the county planning commission for a number of years. As a part of that role, one of his responsibilities was to help write the county land use plan, which is very important to him personally. “[That] might be one of the most important things I’ve done over the years, because directing urban growth to where it doesn’t interfere with production agriculture is kind of hard to do,” he says. Encouraging urban growth throughout the county while also protecting production agriculture is no small task, but Voge has been able to make a difference in that area while also working to improve his own operation. In the end, though, it’s all about family for Voge. “The thing that I look forward to most during the week is being able to go to church on Sunday morning and worship with four generations.”v

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OCA News OCA Directors, Officers Elected OCA Officers Elected

The OCA board of directors recently elected officers for 2020. They are from left, Aaron Arnett of Galena, President; Kyle Walls of Mt. Vernon, Vice President; Linde Sutherly of New Carlisle, Treasurer; Frank Phelps of Belle Center, Executive Committee member at-large. Also pictured is past president, Sasha Rittenhouse, New Carlisle.

New Board Members

John Ferguson of Chardon, Ohio was recently elected to represent OCA’s members in District 3. Ferguson owns and operates Ferguson Show Cattle in Geauga County alongside his daughter Lindsey. The family has been involved in the cattle business for 25 years and annually consigns cattle to the Ohio Beef Expo breed sales. Ferguson Show Cattle has advanced their herd through an intensive IVF and embryo transfer program for the last 15 years. The farm has 150 to 200 cows and holds an annual production sale - The Rare Vintage Sale, the last Saturday of September. For 25 years Ferguson has operated a tool and die shop and manufacturing facility. He is also a partner in two large daycare centers located in Geauga County. Pete Conkle, retiring OCA director for District 3, will be recognized for his leadership on the OCA board.

Sarah Ison was also recently appointed to the OCA board of directors to fill the unexpired term for District 10 previously held by Jess Campbell of Waynesville. District 10 represents Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Preble and Warren Counties. Ison and her husband, Josh, and children Thea (3) and Deklan (2) farm near Moscow, Ohio located in Clermont County. The couple moved back to Ison’s home in Moscow in 2016 following graduation from Texas Tech University where she earned her Doctoral degree in Animal Science. Prior to receiving her Doctoral degree, Ison earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Morehead State University (MSU) in Kentucky. While at MSU she was an active member of the equestrian and livestock judging teams. Dr. Ison currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at Northern Kentucky University teaching microbiology and works as an independent food safety and research consultant. She is also an active

member of the Clermont County Cattlemen’s Association and served on OCA’s county affiliate study committee. The Isons operate a direct to consumer and retail sales beef business, cincy Beef, focusing on providing local highquality beef. Also elected for another term were: At-Large - J.L. Draganic, Wakeman District 6 - Pam Haley, West Salem District 9 - Jim Jepsen, Amanda District 12 - Luke Vollborn, Bidwell

Foundation Officers Elected

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation board of directors recently elected officers for 2020. They are from the left, Sasha Rittenhouse of New Carlisle, President; Joe Foster of Gallipolis, Vice President; and Elizabeth Harsh, Secretary-Treasurer.v

The newly elected 2020 Ohio Cattlemen’s Association officer team. (see above).

The 2020 Ohio Cattlemen’s newly elected District 3 director, John Ferguson, Chardon, and District 10 newly appointed director Sarah Ison, Moscow, at the December board meeting (see above). 16 | Ohio Cattleman | Winter Issue 2020

The 2020 Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation officer team was elected at the December board meeting (see above).

Beef 509 Program to be Held in February The Ohio Beef Council (OBC) will hold its Beef 509 event at The Ohio State University (OSU) in February. The purpose of Beef 509 is to raise awareness about beef production and what goes into producing a highquality, consistent product. The 2020 program will take place on two consecutive Saturdays, February 22 and 29, 2020. The February 22 session will include a live animal evaluation session, harvest demonstration, rumen function and nutrition discussion, an animal disposition and carcass value presentation, a grid pricing discussion, a quality assurance overview and a review of current issues. Attendees will also have the opportunity to use what they have learned to evaluate cattle and then purchase them in an auction simulation at a level that will net a profit when value is determined at the packing and market retail sectors. The team will then use that animal for the remainder of the program. In the second session on February 29, attendees will participate in demonstrations on carcass grading and fabrication. There will also be a discussion on manufactured meat and an update on the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) and OBC. The program will conclude with a review of the results of the live animal evaluation from the first session. It is critical to attend both sessions as participants are assigned to teams that work together throughout the program.


OBC partners with the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation, The OSU Extension and The OSU Department of Animal Sciences for this program. A maximum of 32 spaces are available on a first come, first served basis. The registration fee is $150

which includes both sessions and breakfast, lunch and dinner at each session. New for 2020, registration is all online, so those interested in participating may sign up and pay their registration fee at any time.v

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OCA News Cattlemen’s Academy a Success in Year One The Ohio Cattlemen's Association (OCA) launched a new producer education program this fall, the OCA Cattlemen's Academy. OCA recognizes the importance of serving individual members across the state, and the goal of the Cattlemen's Academy is to offer informative, hands-on learning experiences as part of a current OCA membership. Each year, the program

will focus on a different aspect of the cattle industry with a new meeting series that is important to producers in the state of Ohio. As its first series, the Cattlemen's Academy hosted four calving clinics at different locations across Ohio in conjunction with the Department of Animal Sciences at The Ohio State University (OSU). These four clinics were held in Caldwell, Rio Grande, Hillsboro, and Wooster. During the clinics, participants learned how to determine calf presentations and more about calving assistance techniques and calving facilities design. They were also instructed on nutritional management of the prepartum cow and bull selection for calving ease. Various experts from Ohio State and the cattle industry were on hand to instruct attendees

and answer questions throughout the clinics. The Cattlemen's Academy calving clinics were free for OCA members to attend, as well as for non-members with the purchase of an OCA membership at registration. "The response to this program has been overwhelmingly positive and the attendance far exceeded our expectations. I'm looking forward to what this program can do for our members in the future,” says Aaron Arnett, OCA president. For questions about the Cattlemen's Academy, contact Kagney Collins at kcollins@ohiocattle.org or 614-8736736.v

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Forage Corner Chris Penrose, Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources OSU Extension, Morgan County

Was This The Year You Expected Or Hoped For? I now have been writing articles in this column for around 25 years and I am always trying to come up with something different and beneficial for beef producers around the state. As I thought about a topic, with age and experience, we also gain perspective. For those of us that have been in the beef business for more years than we care to admit, was this the year you expected or hoped for? Many times what we expect and what we hope for are not the same. Are they? Maybe we can close the gap between the two. For example, I expected to have more problems this past summer with invasive weeds like Spotted Knapweed, but I hoped I would not and I did not. Why? Because in 2018, I was very aggressive on controlling every plant I could find. I did the same this past summer. I hoped to have had put up more square bales of hay this summer but the help was not there or it was about to rain, so I made more round bales. I expected that might be the case, so I tried to save as many square bales as I could last winter and I have extra two year old hay carried over for this winter to fill in a potential void. I now hope and expect to have enough to get me through the winter, even if it is a bad one. I hoped I would get hay up sooner this past summer, but I expected that would not happen, so I grazed some hay fields in early April to set them back a few weeks and hay quality from those fields was a little better. However, I expect that I will need to provide a

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supplement to my cattle to help balance the nutritional needs for some of the winter. Hay quality was very poor last year and some cows around the state starved to death with a full stomach. Early forage test results from this year’s hay crop suggests we could have the same problem this winter. My point here is that we do have some control to align the differences between what we hope for and what we expect. Who is in control, the cattle or you? The forages or you? We can take control by planning, anticipating what may go wrong and being prepared to address whatever situation arises. Things are different now than they were 30-40 years ago. We have more challenges with wildlife, invasive plants and insects, more eyes on us, and some groups that think we should not be raising cattle or eating beef. Planning for these issues and issues we usually face such as weather, illness, fence, forages and facilities will help us have a more successful 2020. Genetics have improved tremendously over the years and succeeding with our herd is more than one pasture, July cut hay, and Ohio River salt. We are weaning calves twice the size that we did 40 years; we have less room for error now. I hoped for better feeder calf prices this past fall and got what I expected but more than it could have been. Developing relationships and improving the quality of your product as I have tried to do over the years gave me a good price for the environment we are in. As Mark Wahlberg said

in the movie Deepwater Horizon, “Hope is not a good plan”. Hoping for something without doing anything will lead in disappointment and disaster. So now is the time to inventory our feed supplies, determine if we have enough feed for the winter, even in a worst case scenario. If not, what are we going to do? Let’s make a plan now. When you have a chance, walk through your hay and pasture fields and determine what can be done to improve them such as frost seeding, lime and fertilizing, potential weed control, and potentially improving grazing practices. Check fence; see if posts or wire needs replaced, and inspect working facilities and buildings to see if repairs need to be made before something major occurs. When you have the chance, let people and groups know about the benefits of grazing cattle. I bet there are no trees sequestering carbon during this time of the season, but if snow is not on the ground, I bet some of my grass is. Our cattle take an otherwise unusable crop for humans but beneficial for the environment and convert the sustainable crop into nutrient dense, delicious food and many other valuable products. With proper planning now, evaluating our situation and needs, developing a strategy to handle issues, and even promoting the good things we do, maybe what we hope for and expect can be the same. This year wasn’t the year that I hoped for but it was better than I expected.v

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Breed News

Continued on page 25 Featuring our members’ success at local, state and national shows


Rees Toller, Bidwell, Ohio, earned Senior Champion Female in the Open Angus Show at the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) with Conley Miss Lucy 7011. Additionally, Margaret Davis of Bidwell, Ohio, was selected for Reserve Senior Champion Female with DCC Shadoe 1720. Delaney Jones, Harrod, Ohio, exhibited the Reserve Late Junior Champion Heifer in the Junior Angus Heifer Show at NAILE, Maplecrest Blackbird B8127. At the Keystone International Livestock Exposition (KILE) Junior Angus Show, Haley Frazier, Jackson, Ohio showed the Champion Junior Heifer Calf, SSF Lady 4229.


Bailey Garwood, Columbiana, Ohio had Reserve Senior Champion Female in the NAILE Open Charolais Show with CAG Garw Ms Faith 8608F ET.


Ohio was well represented in the Chianina Open Show at NAILE. Brittany Conkey, Hicksville, Ohio earned Champion Late Junior Bull Calf with CFBC Mr Cruze. CORES WHO THAT GIRL 9699E was named Reserve Champion Early Heifer Calf, exhibited by Pacee Miller and Abbie Collins of Lindsey, Ohio. Collin Fedderke, Napoleon, Ohio had the Reserve Champion Summer Yearling Female, CFBC Miss Daisy ET. Owen Fennig of Coldwater, Ohio had the Early Junior Heifer Calf Reserve Division Champion with TSSC BT Fantasia 97G. Rounding out the Junior Chianina Show, Collin Fedderke of Napoleon, Ohio showed the Summer Yearling Reserve Division Champion, CFBC Miss Eaisy ET. Winegardner Show Cattle, Lima, Ohio, had Champion Early Junior Heifer Calf in the Open ChiAngus Show with BMW 21Y ACE 224G.


Emily Griffiths of 3G Ranch in Kendallville, Indiana, exhibited the 22 | Ohio Cattleman | Winter Issue 2020

Grand Champion Gelbvieh Bull in the NAILE Open Gelbvieh Show.


Kathy Lehman, Shelby, Ohio found success in the NAILE Junior Hereford Show. She exhibited the Combined Champion Intermediate Yearling Female, SULL CCC PL Rosie 800, and was later named the Reserve Champion Hereford Female. Kathy also exhibited her as the Reserve Champion Intermediate Heifer at the KILE Open Hereford Show.

Kathy Lehman, Shelby, Ohio with her NAILE Reserve Champion Hereford Female and KILE Reserve Champion Intermediate Heifer, SULL CCC PL Rosie 800.

In the NAILE Open Hereford Show, Mason Love of Baltimore, Ohio showed the Reserve Champion Cow-Calf Pair with Purple Elsie 73e ET. The cow is a March 15, 2017, daughter of Perks 0003 Easy Money 4003 and showed with a Purple Chachi 65Z ET May bull calf at her side. Mason also had the Reserve Spring Bull Calf, Mayhem. Lindsey Pugh, Louisville, Ohio, showed Delhawk Claudia 70F ET and was named the Reserve Intermediate Yearling Female at the NAILE Hereford Open Show, as well as Champion Intermediate Heifer and Grand Champion Heifer at the KILE Hereford Open Show.


Jones Show Cattle, Harrod, Ohio, exhibited the Champion Maine-Anjou Junior Bull Calf in the NAILE Open Show, TJSC End Game 61G. This bull continued his success at NAILE being selected as the Grand Champion Maine-Anjou Bull in the Open Show. Masen Jolliff, Kenton, Ohio exhibited the Reserve Champion Junior Heifer Calf in the NAILE Maine-Anjou Open Show, KKF Gia. Also in the NAILE Maine-Anjou Open show, Madisen

Jones Show Cattle, Harrod, Ohio with their NAILE Champion Maine-Anjou Junior Bull Calf and Grand Champion Maine-Anjou Bull, TJSC End Game 61G.

Jolliff, Kenton, Ohio showed the Champion Senior Heifer Calf, MCCF Flora. In the NAILE Maine-Anjou Junior Show, Madisen showed the Reserve Champion Winter Heifer Calf in the NAILE Maine-Anjou Junior Show, MCCF Flora. Brayden Cummings, Hillsboro, Ohio showed the Reserve Champion MaineTainer Heifer Calf, MS Grand 824F ET in the NAILE Junior MaineTainer Show. In the NAILE Open MaineTainer Show, Campbellco and Gunn Brothers of Cedarville, Ohio found tremendous success with Campbellco Good Magic 08F, as he was named the Champion Junior Yearling Bull, as well as the Grand Champion MaineTainer Bull.

Campbellco and Gunn Brothers, Cedarville, Ohio, with their Champion Junior Yearling Bull and Grand Champion MaineTainer Bull with Campbellco Good Magic 08F.

Winegardner Show Cattle, Lima, Ohio presented the Reserve Champion Junior Heifer Calf, BMW STCC Mya 2275.


Karly Goetz, Oak Harbor, Ohio, exhibited the Reserve Junior Heifer Calf Champion, Wat Bobby’s Fire Girl 120G in the NAILE Open Shorthorn Show. With the same heifer, she was also named the Junior Heifer Calf Reserve Champion in the NAILE Junior Shorthorn Show. Chad Ward, New Paris, Ohio, showed

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ADM Animal Nutrition Dan Meyer 330-466-3281, Kevin Steele 330-465-0962 | www.admworld.com Ag Credit David White 419-435-7758 - ext. 1602 www.agcredit.net Ag Nation Products Bob & Marie Clapper 1-800-247-3276 | www.agnation.com Ag-Pro Jenna Watson 614-879-6620 www.agprocompanies.com Allflex USA, Inc. Dave McElhaney 724-494-6199 | www.allflexusa.com Alltech Ryan Sorensen 440-759-9893, Brittany Miller 717-462-1185 www.alltech.com Armstrong Ag & Supply Dean Armstrong 740-988-5681 Baird Private Wealth Management Patrick Saunders 740-446-2000 | bairdoffices.com/gallipolis-oh/ BioZyme, Inc. Lori Lawrence 614-395-9513, Ty McGuire 937-533-3251 | www.biozymeinc.com Boehringer-Ingelheim Brent Tolle 502-905-7831 www.boehringer-ingelheim.com Burkmann Nutrition Brent Williams, Kasey Gordon, Dr. David Wiliams, Austin Sexten & Tom Hastings 859-236-0400 | www.burkmann.com Cargill Animal Nutrition Chris Helsinger 937-751-9841 Tim Osborn 973-655-0644 www.cargill.com | www.sunglo.com COBA/Select Sires Kevin Hinds, Bruce Smith, Julie Ziegler 614-878-5333 | www.cobaselect.com Comp Management, Inc. Tony Sharrock 614-376-5450 www.sedgwickcms.com CPC Animal Health Devon Trammel 615-688-6455 Paul Alan Kinslow 615-604-1852 www.cpcanimalhealth.com DHI Cooperative, Inc. Brian Winters 1-800-DHI-COOP Tim Pye 912-682-9798 | www.dhicoop.com Elanco Animal Health Jon Sweeney 515-249-2926, Jim Stefanak 330-298-8113 | www.elanco.com Elgin Service Center K-Buildings Doug Hemm 937-216-5620 www.kbuildings.com Engelhaupt Embroidery Linda Engelhaupt 937-592-7075 Leslie & Chris Gardisser 937-592-7072 www.engelhauptembroidery.com Wm. E. Fagaly & Son, Inc. Ryan Gries 513-353-2150 | fagalyfeed.com Farm Credit Mid-America Wendy Osborn 937-444-0905, David Sanders 740-335-3306, Tara Durbin 740-892-3338 www.e-farmcredit.com

Breed News

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the Reserve Champion Early Spring Heifer Calf, CF S/F Margie 998 BW X. Kolten Greenhorn, Waynesville, Ohio, exhibited the Junior Heifer Calf Champion, GCC Marvelous Margie 96, in the NAILE Junior Shorthorn Show, as well as the Senior Heifer Calf Champion and the Bred and Owned Senior Heifer Calf Champion, GCC Maxim Margie 81 ET. Mya Lenke-Hetrick, Fremont, Ohio exhibited the Bred and Owned Intermediate Champion Female, Layla’s Knighted Pearl, at the NAILE Junior Shorthorn Show. In the NAILE Open Shorthorn Show, Fulton Kennedy of Seaman, Ohio had the Senior Heifer Calf Champion with SULL Wild Roses 8501F. Whitney Miller, Millersburg, Ohio showed the Intermediate Champion Bull, PVF Independence 114F. Additionally, Cedar Lane Farm of Cedarville, Ohio showed the Reserve Senior Champion Bull, VCC Ain’t No Foolin’ 1701 ET. At the KILE Shorthorn Junior Show, Emma McLaughlin, Woodsfield, Ohio showed the Champion Junior Heifer Calf, MS Crimson Charm. McLaughlin also showed MS Crimson Charm as the Reserve Champion Best Bred & Owned Heifer later in the show. Additionally, Caden McLaughlin, Woodsfield, Ohio exhibited the Champion Junior ShorthornPlus Heifer Calf in the KILE ShorthornPlus Junior Show, BR KRS Dream Lady. Ohio exhibitors had collective success at the NAILE ShorthornPlus Open Show. Jo Bailey, Wooster, Ohio exhibited the Reserve Champion Late Spring Heifer Calf, TRNR Harriette 359. Ashton Bain, Lynchburg, Ohio showed the Champion Early Spring Heifer Calf, FPK Cindy Beauty 1916ET. Tyler Dahse, Thurman, Ohio, exhibited the Early Spring Heifer Calf Reserve Champion, SFF Black Zoe 922M. RC Show Cattle, Eaton, Ohio, also had the Junior Bull Calf Champion and the Grand Champion ShorthornPlus Bull with DW RC Twin Oak Full Moon. In the NAILE ShorthornPlus Junior Show, Jo Bailey of Wooster, Ohio showed the Reserve Champion Late Spring Heifer

Calf, TRNR Harrietta 359. Desirae Logsdon, Amanda, Ohio, exhibited the Bred and Owned Grand Champion ShorthornPlus Female, FF/DL Meg’s Mae 10G Hb. Kathy Lehman, Shelby, Ohio showed the Champion Junior Female, SULL Jalynn’s Girl 8998F ET, and with the same heifer was later named Grand Champion Heifer in the KILE ShorthornPlus Junior Show.

Haley Frazier, Jackson, Ohio, with her KILE Reserve Champion Junior Female and Reserve Grand Champion Heifer, CF Judy’s Style 85 X ET.

the show ring at NAILE, Ron Rutan, Eaton, Ohio, was recognized on November 18th as the North American International Livestock Expo Show Honoree in recognition of his years of dedication and service to the Shorthorn breed.

Kathy Lehman, Shelby, Ohio with her KILE Champion Junior Female and Grand Champion Heifer, SULL Jalynn’s Girl 8998F ET.

Haley Frazier, Jackson, Ohio, exhibited the Reserve Champion Junior Female and Reserve Grand Champion Heifer with CF Judy’s Style 85 X ET. In addition to Ohioans’ success in

Ron Rutan, Eaton, Ohio, was recognized as the NAILE Honoree for the Shorthorn breed.

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PLC’s advocacy and communications efforts.” 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. How to Apply: Applications for the full-time internship positions will remain open until March 6, 2020. to apply for the public policy internship or law clerk position, visit https:// www.ncba.org/publicpolicyinternship. aspx.

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

United Producers Inc. (UPI) held its second annual Commercial Feeder Cattle Show and Sale at its Hillsboro, Ohio, market on November 11. Kurt Schenkel, UPI, and Steve Casto, USDA Grader for West Virginia, judged pens of eight to 10 beef steers and beef heifers, weighing 400-700 pounds, based on confirmation and consistency while keeping value-added 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 - Greg Paeltz, Russelville, Ohio; Reserve Grand Champion Steers - Steve Frazer, Hillsboro, Ohio. Grand Champion Heifers - Steve Frazer, Hillsboro, Ohio; Reserve Grand Champion Heifers - Greg Paeltz, Russelville, Ohio. There were 20 pen entries for the show and near 770 feeder cattle sold in total for the weekly auction. Feeder steers brought a high of $150.00 CWT and feeder heifers brough a high of $146.00 CWT. Sponsors of this event included: Bohringer Ingelheim - Brent Tolle, Bhrer Vet Services, Cherry Fork Farm Supply, hillsboro-chillicothe Feeder Calf Committee, Merck animal Health Jake Osborn, Prospect Cattle Company, VitaFerm and WC Milling Company. United Producers, Inc. is one of the largest farmer-owned livestock marketing cooperatives in the United

Pictured above is the Grand Champion pen of steers.

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.

In Memoriam

RUSSELL KENT JEFFERS, age 90, of Mt. Victory, Ohio passed away on November 3, 2019. He was born in 1929, graduated from Ridgeway High School and in 1950 married Janet Marie Sutherland. Jeffers was a lifelong member of the Ridgeway United Methodist Church. He was a grain farmer and raised hogs and cattle. He was an active member of the Hardin County Cattlemen and was one of the original committee members who initiated the steak tent at the Hardin County Fair. In 1988 he was named Cattleman of the Year by the county organization. An active member of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, he served as treasurer for several years and was a member of the Ohio Beef Council. In 1990, Jeffers was awarded OCA’s Industry Excellence Award. Jeffers is the father of three children, including cattleman Matt Jeffers of Mt. Victory, Ohio. He is survived by his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and numerous additional family members and friends. Memorial contributions in Jeffers’ name may be made to the Hardin County Cattlemen’s Association.v

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OCA News Ohio Cattlemen’s Association’s BEST Program Kicks Off Season The Ohio Cattlemen's Association is pleased to announce the 20192020 BEST (Beef Exhibitor Show Total) program sponsoring partners that include Ag-Pro Companies; Bob Evans Farms; M.H. Eby, Inc.; Ohio Farm Bureau Federation; Farm Credit Mid-America; Frazier Farms; Garwood Arena; Kalmbach Feeds - Formula of Champions 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. ohiocattle.com. The 2019-20 OCA BEST Season is as follows: • AGR Holiday Classic - Columbus, Ohio - December 7-8 • Scarlet & Gray Midwest Showdown - Springfield, Ohio - January 4-5

• Clark County Cattle Battle Springfield, Ohio - January 25-26 • DTS Cupid Classic - Springfield, Ohio - February 15-16 • Holmes County Preview Millersburg, Ohio - March 7-8 • Ohio Beef Expo - Columbus, Ohio March 19-22 • BEST Awards Banquet - Columbus, Ohio - May 2 New for the 2019-20 BEST season, OCA is introducing the Stockmanship division, This new opportunity was developed in an effort to further youth's knowledge of cattle throughout the state and to allow youth to showcase their abilities and talent outside of the show ring. The Stockmanship division will be comprised of beef industry-focused events and competitions that are in conjunction with BEST shows and OCA events. This division of the BEST program is open to all Ohio youth regardless of if they show cattle during the BEST show season. If an existing BEST participant would like to sign up for the Stockmanship division, they will do so under their BEST user profile at best.ohiocattle. org for no additional cost outside of existing cattle nominations. If age-eligible individuals would like to participate in the Stockmanship division but don't have any cattle

enrolled in the 2019-20 BEST program, they should create their username and profile at best.ohiocattle.org (if they don't have an existing account either BEST or non-BEST) and elect to participate in the Stockmanship division. Non-cattle exhibiting BEST Stockmanship participants will need to have a current $75 family OCA membership and will pay a one-time Stockmanship participation fee of $60. Individuals may sign up for the Stockmanship program at any point throughout the season. Stockmanship participants may sign up for contests at https://www.ohiocattle.org/best/ stockmanship. The following are the 2019-2020 Stockmanship Contests: • Salesmanship - held at the Scarlet & Gray Midwest Showdown - Saturday, January 4, 2020 • Quiz Bowl - held at the OCA Annual Meeting - Saturday, January 11, 2020 • Fitting Contest - DTS Cupid Classic on Sunday, February 16, 2020 • Judging Contest - held at the Ohio Beef Expo - Friday, March 20, 2020 • Cattlemen’s Challenge Written Test - available at the Annual Meeting or any BEST sanctioned show in the show office. As the BEST program prepares to kick off its’ season the first weekend

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in December, the program’s volunteer leadership has kept the focus on continuing a family-friendly and leadership building atmosphere. To accompany this effort, the committee, sponsoring partners and sanctioned shows are working together to give participants and their families opportunities to showcase their strength outside of the show ring through community service participation and character trait recognition. This year’s community service partner is the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio (RMHC). BEST participants are encouraged to collect pop tabs, volunteer at RMHC, and participate in the Celebrity Showdown. BEST participants can sign up for the RMHC – BEST Volunteer Day that will be on December 23. The Celebrity Showdown will be hosted Friday, January 24, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at the Champion’s Center in Springfield in conjunction with the Clark County Cattle Battle. All pop tabs collected by BEST participants are turned in at the BEST Awards Banquet where the top collector will be awarded. Visit https:// www.ohiocattle.org/best/communityservice for complete details and sign-up information. 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 2019-20 season will open at www.ohiocattle.org on December 6 and close on April 1, 2020. The categories eligible for nomination include: Focus, Teachable, Attitude, Kindness and Boldness. View more about the Character Traits at https:// www.ohiocattle.org/best/charactertraits. Nominations will be evaluated by a committee and awarded during the BEST program awards banquet on May 2, 2020. 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 be presented valued at over $85,000. Department of Agriculture – Animal All BEST participants that sign up for Division. Once the Premise ID is the program will receive a sign-up gift received, contact an animal health as a special incentive. Additionally, product distributor and purchase EID sponsoring partner, M.H. Eby, awards tags. Visit best.ohiocattle.org to learn one lucky BEST participant the more about applying for a farm’s use of a livestock trailer at the endPremise ID before ordering EID tags. of-the-year awards banquet. BEST BEST nominations and ALL show participants earn a ticket into the entries must be made online at best. trailer drawing for each time they ohiocattle.org. The website will be open exhibit a nominated animal at a BESTfor the 2019-20 BEST season in late sanctioned show. First or second year November. Each exhibitor, BEST and Novice participants are also entered non-BEST) will create a unique user into a novice-only drawing for a account and record their cattle along grooming chute, donated by Weaver with that account. Exhibitors who have Leather Livestock. For the 2019-20 participated in the program in previous show schedule or for more information years are able to keep their existing regarding the BEST program, visit username and password. Exhibitors www.ohiocattle.org or contact the Ohio may complete this portion of the signCattlemen’s Association at 614-873up process now and show entries can 6736 or email cattle@ohiocattle.org. be made starting on the Monday prior Be sure to follow OCA on Facebook, to each BEST show until the closure Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat or of check-in at each event. At the first visit www.ohiocattle.org for the latest BEST sanctioned show, the animal’s program updates.v EID tag number will be recorded and will be used to check that animal in at any future BEST show for the 2019-20 show season. Once the participant and animal are entered into the system, show entries must 2000 Seven Mile Drive • New Philadelphia, OH 44663 • 330-343-0388 be made prior saltwellwesternstore.com 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 Jay & Sally Puzacke, Owners at each BEST show to facilitate online Jay & Sally Puzacke, Owners check-in. Please note that all cattle WesternApparel Apparel Western MUST be entered Men’s • Ladies’ • Children’s •• Show Men’s • Ladies’ • Children’s Show in the show prior Justin Tony Lama * Ariat * Laredo * Twisted * Double to bringing cattle Justin ** Wrangler * Ariat * Dan* Dan PostPost * Laredo * Twisted X * 7 forXall mankind H through checkOfficial Clothier of the Ohio Beef Expo and Proud in. Participants Sponsor of Clothier the Saltwell Scholarship Official of Expo the Ohio Beef Expo and Scholarship can be ohiocattle.org.Expo Apply byScholarship October 31. may also use their Proudapplication Sponsor offound theatSaltwell smartphone, tablet Outfitting Cattlemen for More than 50 Years or PC and make show entries. Outfitting Cattlemen for More than 50 Years The program concludes with off your next • 330-343-0388 saltwellwesternstore.com an annual awards purchase of $100 2000 Seven Mile Drive • New Philadelphia, OH 44663 banquet held in or more* May where over *Must present this coupon to redeem this offer. Retail customers only. OFFER EXPIRES 09/30/19. Limit one coupon per retail customer. Not to be used in combination with any other offer. 225 awards will


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Dates to Remember:

On the Edge of Common Sense By Baxter Black, DVM

Annual Meeting & Banquet Youth Quiz Bowl Registration Deadline

Little Christmas Cowboy

December 27

Annual Meeting & Banquet Registration Deadline

January 3

Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet

January 11

Ohio Cattleman Expo Issue Advertising Deadline

February 3

Call 614-873-6736 or email cattle@ohiocattle.org for more info

He got his first horse at Christmas this year from good ol’ Uncle Stephen. For Wrangler-in Charge, he looked pretty young but looks can be deceivin’. He topped out his bronc ‘fore cook lit the fire with lots of loud Ty Yi’ in’ And if he laid off or slighted the horse it weren’t for lack of tryin’. He rope broke him quick and taught him to back and hold tight any bad actor. No critter escaped the reach of his loop; Pooh, Big Bird or the tractor. They covered the range from sofa to rug and ruled the carpet nation. The dog and the cat soon gave him wide berth, such was his reputation. Sometimes he would take his quiver and bow and wear a turkey feather. “Me Indie,” he’d say and chased buffalo. The plains went on forever. When Sonny would buck, and he could sure buck, the kid might come unseated. “Me rodeo, Dad,” then get right back on, scuffed up but undefeated. Last night after chuck he readied for bed but since he’d not unsaddled He patted his horse and asked, “Okay, Dad, me, Sonny, check the cattle?” I mighta been green but I could detect a sucker play unfoldin’. Just any excuse so he could stay up, each second saved was golden. “Sure, git on yer horse,” I prompted the kid. He sorta hesitated. He wasn’t quite dressed to mount up and ride, his inner mind debated. He gathered his rope and steadied the horse then looked back for permission. The boss held his gaze, then gave him a nod. He swung into position. He let out a whoop and rode off to give the herd a quick inspection. To be a top hand you go by the rules, the height of circumspection. He’d already learned that young buckaroos must check in with their mamas, ‘Cause she’d always said that real cowboys don’t ride in their pajamas.v


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OCA News Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Offers Unique Opportunities 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 its next 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 and Jones Show Cattle and R.D. Jones Excavating, steer division. Thanks to these generous sponsors, $30,000 will be given through premiums at each show and in awards for both participants and breeders. This program provides Ohio seedstock breeders an additional marketing opportunity and creates a source for moderately priced show steers and heifers due to the awards and prestige the program provides. Each year, the benefit of added premiums attracts new participants interested in showing at the Ohio Beef Expo and/or the Ohio State Fair. Breeders are encouraged to use the Best of the Buckeye logo for use in print and digital promotion of Best of the Buckeye eligible cattle. The logo may be downloaded from the website at ohiocattle.org or requested by email at cattle@ohiocattle.org.

All nominations will take place through an online form that can be found at ohiocattle.org. To participate in Best of the Buckeye, breeders must complete the online nomination (each form can be used to nominate up to ten animals from the same breeder) and verify Best of the Buckeye eligibility. The breeder or exhibitor may submit the nominations and fee for the Best of the Buckeye nominations. If the exhibitor is also the breeder of the animal, only the online breeder nomination form must be submitted. Cattle that are nominated prior to the Ohio Beef Expo by March 1, 2020 and prior to the Ohio State Fair by June 20, 2020 will incur a $25 per head nomination fee per show. Cattle may be nominated for both shows by March 1, 2020 at a rate of $40 per head. Breeders will have the opportunity to nominate cattle through check-in at the Ohio Beef Expo and at the Ohio State Fair at an increased late nomination fee of $75 per head. Animals nominated for Best of the Buckeye will also need to be entered in the Ohio Beef Expo and Ohio State Fair junior shows. For cattle to be eligible for the Best of the Buckeye program, they must be registered and bred by an Ohio cattleman. ET Calves and calves out of purchased bred cows are eligible if they list an Ohio cattleman as the breeder. Breeders and exhibitors must be OCA

members and in good standing with OCA to be eligible. Exhibitors must be Ohio residents and meet the age requirements for the Ohio Beef Expo and Ohio State Fair junior shows. Best of the Buckeye exhibitor rules, last year’s show results and additional nomination details are available at ohiocattle.org/Youth/best-of-thebuckeye or by contacting the OCA office. For more information, contact the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association at 614-873-6736 or email cattle@ ohiocattle.org.v

Best of the Buckeye nominations are due:

MARCH 1 Find the breeder and exhibitor nomination forms at ohiocattle.org.

Thank you to our 2019-2020 Best of the Buckeye sponsoring partners!

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Your Beef Checkoff Dollars at Work Investing in Beef Safety, Nutrition and Promotion Ohio Beef Blogger Tour 2019

In late September, the Ohio Beef Council (OBC) brought together its team of seven Ohio food bloggers for an immersive pasture to plate two-day experience in the state of Ohio. The OBC blogger team visited two farms in Licking County, Claylick Run Angus owned by the Dave & Dawn Felumlee family, and Watts Farm owned by Barb & Phil Watts. Dave Felumlee and Barb Watts both serve on the OBC Operating Committee.

The tour kicked off at Claylick Run, where the bloggers learned about the cow-calf side of the beef industry, and participated in a discussion on the role antibiotics and hormones play in raising healthy cattle. Watts Farm introduced all the bloggers to a new side of the industry - fed Holsteins. Here they learned more about feedlot operations, how Holsteins and other dairy cattle breeds fit into beef production and learned more about the importance of nutrition in cattle’s diet. The bloggers also saw firsthand how feed is mixed on-farm, a first for all bloggers in attendance. The tour also stopped at Cameron Mitchell Restaurant’s The Avenue Steak Tavern in Grandview Heights. Here bloggers experienced the importance of beef in the restaurant’s menu, and worked with Executive Chef Kaitlin Sharbo. Chef Kaitlin provided a hands-on demonstration on how to prepare specific cuts of beef. These included sirloins, ribeyes and filets prepared and cooked

in a variety of fashions. From pansearing to sous vide and seasoning to cut selection, the bloggers learned many new skills that they can utilize when creating beef recipes to share with consumers. OBC received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the bloggers, sharing that they feel even more equipped to share the story of beef production and are excited to put their new skills to the test with OBC.

Beef at the Core of the OSU 4 Miler

On October 12th, the Ohio Beef Council partnered with the Ohio State 4 Miler as a presenting sponsor of this year’s race. Building on the seasoned partnership with the race, OBC was heavily featured on all race materials, promotion and advertisements throughout the past several months. OBC staff 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. In addition to the race day activities, OBC partnered with former Buckeye Anthony Schlegel to create a series of race training video guides to promote beef in an active lifestyle. These videos have been viewed across digital platforms over 10,000 times and were

included in pre-race information materials distributed to participants.


October has been a busy month for OBC’s blogger team: A Cedar Spoon, Foodtastic Mom, Lemons for Lulu, Neighborfood, Tastes of Lizzy T and What Molly Made. At the start of the month, OBC launched the 2019 edition of the Crocktober series. As colder months set in, slow cooking becomes popular in households across the Midwest. The team of food bloggers created several diverse recipes that appeal to a variety of cultures, tastes and price points. Results have been fantastic thus far and will continue to grow in the fall and winter seasons. 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.

Wrapping up Virtual Farm Tours

The Ohio Beef Council wrapped up its third year of Virtual Field Trips in October to cap off another successful series. Seven trips were held with students from all corners of the state, reaching well over 1,000 students during live sessions hosted by OBC and beef farmers Craig Corry of Xenia, Ohio and Erin Stickel of Bowling Green, Ohio. This year OBC added a Meat Science trip with Dr. Lyda Garcia of The Ohio State University. These trips helped connect students with all the steps that it takes to have safe, delicious beef on their plates year-round. Teacher surveys showed strong growth in knowledge and interest by nearly all classrooms participating.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, beef@ohiobeef.org or visit www.ohiobeef.org. Ohio Beef Council Operating Committee: Jamie Graham, Patriot, Chairman • Todd Raines, Seaman, Vice Chairman Erin Stickel, Bowling Green, Treasurer • Henry Bergfeld, Summitville • Mike Carper, Delaware • Dave Felumlee, Newark Bill Sexten, Washington C.H. • Brent Porteus, Coshocton • Allan Robison, Cable • Bev Roe, Hamilton • Garth Ruff, Napoleon Stan Smith, Canal Winchester • Sam Roberts, South Charleston • Kurt Steiner, Creston• Barb Watts, Alexandria • Elizabeth Harsh, Executive Director 34 | Ohio Cattleman | Winter Issue 2020

The Ohio Beef Council connected over 15,500 runners at the Ohio State 4-Miler on October 12, 2019.




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Breed News Continued from page 25


Jones Show Cattle, Harrod, Ohio, was successful across multiple breeds. In the NAILE Open Simmental Show, Jones Show Cattle exhibited the Grand Champion Bull, TJSC King of Diamonds, the Champion bull from Division V. Additionally, Jones Show Cattle continued their success outside of the show ring, being named the NAILE Premier Simmental Breeder and Exhibitor.

Champion Intermediate Heifer as well as Champion Best Bred and Owned by Exhibitor with Wise-Guacamole. Landon Helmke, New Philadelphia, Ohio, showed the Reserve Champion Senior Heifer Calf, Wise-Sangria. Additionally, Tyson Woodard of Cambridge, Ohio showed CLAC Black

Satin 378F, and was named Champion Junior Female as well as Grand Champion Heifer. Rounding out the KILE Junior Simmental Show in the SimGenetics portion was Cody Kanicki, Pierpont, Ohio, exhibiting the Reserve Champion Junior Female, JSUL Smarty Pants 811F.v

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Jones Show Cattle, Harrod, Ohio, with their NAILE Grand Champion Simmental Bull, TJSC King of Diamonds.

In the Open SimAngus/SimSolution Show, Mackenzie Neal of West Alexandria, Ohio, exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion Heifer, S&S CSCC Ms West Coast. In the KILE Junior Simmental Show, Layne Lassnick of Painesville, Ohio was incredibly competitive, being named Reserve Champion Junior Heifer Calf with WPCC Gemstone G056, Champion Senior Heifer Calf with SVJ Leap of Faith F109. In the SimGenetics portion of the KILE Junior Show, Lassnick also exhibited the Grand Champion Cow/ Calf Pair with HFP Daisy Mae E063, and Champion Junior Heifer Calf as well as Champion Best Bred and Owned by Exhibitor with SVJ Daisy Girl G063. McKalynne Helmke of New Philadelphia, Ohio was also a strong Ohio contender in the KILE Simmental Junior Show, being named

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Tyson Woodard, Cambridge, Ohio with his Champion Junior Female and Grand Champion Simmental Female at KILE, CLAC Black Satin 378F. 36 | Ohio Cattleman | Winter Issue 2020

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Governor DeWine Announces H2Ohio Water Quality Plan On November 14, 2019, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine unveiled H2Ohio, a comprehensive, data-driven water quality plan to reduce harmful algal blooms, improve wastewater infrastructure, and prevent lead contamination. “We have a moral obligation to preserve and protect our natural resources,” Governor DeWine said during a speach at the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo. “My H2Ohio plan is a dedicated, holistic water quality strategy with long-lasting solutions to address the causes of Ohio’s water problems, not just the symptoms.” Governor DeWine’s H2Ohio plan is an investment in targeted solutions to help reduce phosphorus runoff and prevent algal blooms through increased implementation of agricultural best practices and the creation of wetlands; improve wastewater infrastructure; replace failing home septic systems; and prevent lead contamination in high-risk daycare centers and schools. the Ohio General Assembly invested $172 million in the plan in July, and since then, H2Ohio experts have been developing strategies for long-term, cost-effective, and permanent water quality solutions.

Reducing Agricultural Phosphorus Runoff to Prevent Algal Blooms

The H2Ohio plan will invest substantially to help farmers reduce phosphorus runoff from commercial fertilizer and manure to prevent harmful algal blooms. Algal blooms in Ohio’s lakes, rivers, and streams can threaten drinking water and impact the health of people and 38 | Ohio Cattleman | Winter Issue 2020

animals. Although studies have shown that phosphorus runoff from farms is the primary reason for algal blooms in Lake Erie, Ohio has not previously placed a significant focus on addressing this problem. “Ohio has supported many programs to help farmers reduce nutrient loss over the years, but the state hasn’t done nearly enough, nor have previous plans focused enough, on reducing phosphorus runoff from agriculture,” said Governor DeWine. “That changes now.” As a result of intensive scientific and economic studies, H2Ohio identified the 10 most effective and cost-efficient practices that have been proven to reduce agricultural phosphorus runoff. Through a certification process, H2Ohio will provide economic incentives to farmers who develop a nutrient management plan that includes a combination of the best practices: soil testing; variable-rate fertilization; subsurface nutrient application; manure incorporation; conservation crop rotation; cover crops; drainage water management; twostage ditch construction; edge-of-field buffers; wetlands.

The H2Ohio phosphorus reduction plan will focus first on reducing runoff into the Maumee River Watershed and Lake Erie and will eventually be offered to other parts of the state in the future. Farmers in the Maumee River Watershed will be able to enroll in H2Ohio programs for funding incentives in time for spring 2020 planting. “For now, we will not mandate the use of these best practices because we believe our strategy will lead to significant changes within our current laws,” said Governor DeWine. “By helping farmers implement these practices today, H2Ohio will ultimately save them money, increase their profits, and reduce their phosphorus runoff in the future. Although a decrease in Lake Erie algal blooms will take time, we must invest now if we want clean water for future generations.” As part of the H2Ohio plan, counties in the Maumee River Watershed will each have a localized phosphorus target to help ensure accountability. Individualized nutrient management plans will also be developed for participating farms to identify which H2Ohio best practices will reduce

the most phosphorus runoff at each location. Soil and Water Conservation District Offices in each county will lead local efforts to help farmers enroll in the H2Ohio program and to help them implement the H2Ohio best practices. The overall progress of the H2Ohio phosphorus reduction plan will be regularly assessed and aggregate data will be publicly available. The plan was developed with input from a broad coalition of agriculture, education, research, conservation, and environmental partners. H2Ohio will be led by the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and Lake Erie Commission with support from the Ohio Agricultural Conservation Initiative, Ohio Farm Bureau, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and others. Several of the country’s largest agribusiness operations, including Land O’Lakes, Nutrien, and The Andersons, have voiced support for the plan and have agreed to promote H2Ohio to their customers to help increase the number of acres enrolled in best practices.

H2Ohio will also help replace hundreds of failing home sewage treatment systems in low-income households to prevent the release of raw sewage onto property or into waterways. Additionally, through a combination of state and federal funds, H2Ohio will assess lead exposure in daycare centers and schools in high-risk areas of Ohio and will help replace lead pipes and fixtures. For more information on H2Ohio, visit http://h2.ohio.gov.v

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Ensuring Safe, Clean Water

H2Ohio will address water and sewer needs in Ohio, including failing home septic systems in disadvantaged communities and possible lead contamination in high-risk daycare centers and schools. “Ohio’s communities rely on clean drinking water and wastewater infrastructure to protect public health, provide for a high quality of life, and enable economic vitality,” said Governor DeWine. “It is wrong that Ohio children are potentially being exposed to lead in drinking water because of antiquated piping and fixtures in daycare centers or they can’t play outside because their backyards are covered in sewage from failing septic systems. H2Ohio is going to help.” Under the direction of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, H2Ohio will fund infrastructure projects in disadvantaged communities to help ensure they have safe drinking water and quality sewer infrastructure.

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Calendar of Events Visit www.ohiocattle.org for a complete list of events December 23 27

Ronald McDonald House Charities Volunteer Day OCA Annual Meeting & Banquet Youth Quiz Bowl Registration Due

January 1 3 4-5 10 11 13 25-26 28

OCA Membership Deadline OCA Annual Meeting & Banquet Registration Deadline Scarlet & Gray Midwest Showdown, Springfield, Ohio NCBA Convention Housing and Registration Deadline OCA Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet, Lewis Center, Ohio Ohio Beef Expo Sponsorship Deadline Clark County Cattle Battle, Springfield, Ohio Cattlemen at the Capitol


3 5-7 15-16 22 29

Ohio Cattleman Expo Issue Advertising Deadline Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show, San Antonio, Texas DTS Cupid Classic, Springfield, Ohio BEEF 509 - 1st Session BEEF 509 - 2nd Session


1 Best of the Buckeye Nomination Deadline 7-8 Holmes County Preview, Millersburg, Ohio 19-22 Ohio Beef Expo, Columbus, Ohio

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- Tentative Schedule -

Official Website


Event Location

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

Official Hotel

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

Ohio Cattlemen’s Association

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

Wednesday, March 18

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

Thursday, March 19 8:00 a.m. - Noon Noon Noon - 3:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 20 7:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m.

9:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. 12:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m.

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

Judging Contest Registration, Taft Coliseum Trade Show Open, Voinovich Building Breed Shows begin in Cooper Arena & Breeds Building 9:00 a.m. Red Angus Parade, Cooper Arena, South Ring 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, Breeds Building 1:00 p.m. Murray Grey Show, Breeds Building Judging Contest Begins, Taft Coliseum Educational Seminar, Voinovich Building Genetic Pathway Open, Breeds Building Junior Show Check in, Gilligan Complex Youth Beef Quality Assurance Online Feeder Cattle Sale, Voinovich Building Judging Contest Awards Genetic Pathway Open, Breeds Building Cowboy Happy Hour, Voinovich Building Junior Show Welcome Party

Saturday, March 21 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Trade Show Open, Voinovich Building 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 4:30 p.m. Miniature Hereford Sale, Ring 1 Genetic Pathway Open, Breeds Building Junior Showmanship, Taft Coliseum Miniature Hereford Show, Cooper Arena Genetic Pathway Open, Breeds Building Cowboy Happy Hour, Voinovich Building

Sunday, March 22 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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Parting Shots

Advertisers’ Index American Angus Association............................ 19 Armstrong Ag & Supply...................................... 40 Buckeye Hereford Association.......................... 23 COBA/Select Sires................................................7 Crystalyx............................................................. 26 Highland Livestock Supply................................ 19 Hilton - Polaris.......................................................5 John Deere.............................................................2 Kalmbach ........................................................... 44 Karr Farms.......................................................... 39 Leachman Cattle of Colorado........................... 23 MIX 30 Agridyne....................................................9

OCA members enjoyed using the calving simulator during the Cattlemen’s Academy Calving Clinics.

Moly Manufacturing............................................17 Novak Town Line Farm....................................... 23 Ohio Beef Council............................................... 35 PBS Animal Health............................................. 18 Purina.................................................................. 19 Reed & Baur Insurance Agency........................ 25 Riverwind Barn Cameras................................... 27 Roger Thompson, DVM...................................... 19 Rural King........................................................... 37 Saltwell Western Store...................................... 29 Sweetlix.............................................................. 23 The 2020 BEST program kicked off December 7-8 in Columbus, Ohio. Over 500 head were exhibited at the show with over 280 showmanship participants.

The Ohio Beef Council presented a checkoff-funded BQA session at the BEST AGR Holiday Classic in Columbus, Ohio on December 7th.

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Trennepohl Farms............................................... 23 Way View Cattle Company................................. 43 Weaver Leather Livestock............................30-31 Wilson National, LLC.......................................... 21

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Sires represented include: Full Measure B/R Compadre 5201 Connealy Concord Connealy Commonwealth MGR Treasure Connealy Patriot and many more!

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