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Summer 2021

Official Publication of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association



Annual Meeting & Cattlemen’s Gala

13 Ohio State Fair Beef Schedule


16 Economic Viability & Social Responsibility are Part of Sustainability Too 18 Cattlemen Youth Celebrate Another Successful BEST Season 26 Environmental Stewardship Award Winners


News & Notes


On the Cover

Annual Meeting & Cattlemen’s Gala 4

Harsh Realities


OCA News & Views


Forage Focus


On the Edge of Common Sense


The Ruff Review


Industry Insights


OCA News


Checkoff Update


Beef Briefs


Breed News


Allied Industry Council


Calendar of Events


OCA Committees


Parting Shots


Advertisers’ Index


BEST Banquet Overview


Environmental Stewardship Award

Photo taken by Hanna Fosbrink, OCA staff at Shugert Farms in Belmont County. Summer Issue 2021 | Ohio Cattleman | 3

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LIVING TO LEAVE A LEGACY By Elizabeth Harsh, Ohio Cattleman Editor

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Harsh Realities

We lost my dad in July of 2015. It is odd, that in some respects it feels like it happened just yesterday and at the same time forever ago. It feels like yesterday in that we miss him dearly and the pain of that loss never really dulls all that much. Yet there is also a continuing presence that the legacy he created lives on through our family for, what I hope is generations to come. When mom shared some of his more sentimental possessions with his grandchildren, among them was dad’s tie bar that passed to our son Will. At the time I didn’t realize the lasting impact of a simple tie bar, but Will did. As a regional manager for the American Angus Association, Will wears a tie on a regular basis. And on most occasions Will proudly wears dad’s tie bar on his tie. The tie bar is old and dinged up a bit, but that’s not what is important. It’s one of those things we don’t talk about a lot, but I believe Will wears it so his grandpa is always a part of his Angus adventures. You see Will owes his interest in Angus cattle to his grandfather who grew up milking Jersey cows but traded the Jerseys for registered Angus cattle when he bought his own farm. That Angus cow purchase set our family on a path he probably never foresaw at the time. I share this story about one aspect of dad’s legacy because in my mind it directly connected to the upcoming Cattlemen’s Gala. The Gala celebration and fundraiser is designed to be a fun night, but if you really step back and think about it for a minute, it has a more serious meaning. It is about creating legacies that help grow the next generation of beef industry leaders through the Gala’s youth scholarship fund. I am sure there are many families with similar stories that have created a treasured family legacy. Each of us can also think of those tremendous individuals who as the quote goes, have used their life for something that outlasted it. And many of the most important “Legacies are not about leaving something for people. It’s leaving something in people.” As for the Gala, it’s nothing fancy and nothing formal. It is just a night of great company, great food, good music and the opportunity to help support industry youth pursuing an education through an excellent line-up of silent and live auction items. OCA will also hold a special meeting before the Gala gets underway that will focus on the business of cattle industry and the association. We welcome Colin Woodall, CEO for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association who will share an update on all the national issues currently impacting cattle producers. Whatever your own personal legacy, I encourage you to join us August 28 for the Cattlemen’s Gala and help the next generation to begin building their own individual legacies.

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OCA Officers

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OCA News & Views FOCUS ON SUMMER CATCH-UP By Aaron Arnett, OCA President

OCA Directors

Tom Karr Director At-Large Pomeroy • Term expires 2021 740-597-9900, Bill Tom Director At-Large Washington C.H. • Term expires 2023 937-694-5378, J.L. Draganic Director At-Large Wakeman • Term expires 2022 440-821-6576, Jaymes Maciejewski District 1 New Bavaria• Term expires 2023 309-222-0850, Kelvin Egner District 2 Shelby • Term expires 2021 419-295-6089, John Ferguson District 3 Chardon • Term expires 2022 440-478-0782, Mark Goecke District 4 Spencerville • Term expires 2023 419-233-3101, Frank Phelps District 5 Belle Center • Term expires 2021 937-539-1442, Pam Haley District 6 West Salem • Term expires 2022 419-853-4657, Brad Thornburg District 7 Barnesville • Term expires 2023 740-310-9196, Linde Sutherly District 8 New Carlisle • Term expires 2021 937-875-0670, Jim Jepsen District 9 Amanda • Term expires 2022 614-560-5919, Sarah Ison District 10 Moscow • Term expires 2023 513-314-5382, Lindsey Hall District 11 Hillsboro • Term expires 2021 937-763-8115, Luke Vollborn • District 12 Bidwell • Term expires 2022 740-441-5740, 6 | Ohio Cattleman | Summer Issue 2021

Greetings everyone. I am writing this column from my hotel in Des Moines, Iowa where I am attending the Beef Improvement Federation annual meeting and conference. In my opinion, this is one of the best meetings to attend in the beef industry. It offers a unique cross section of industry scientists, seedstock breeders and commercial producers who come together each year to discuss how to move the beef industry forward. It is generally hosed by a state landgrant institution and the location changes each year. There are applied presentations about genetics, reproduction, nutrition and meat science, in addition to tours of farms, ranches and other agriculture businesses in the local area. If you have never attended a BIF conference, I highly encourage it. Information is shared through OCA member updates each year and the OCA staff would be happy to direct you to more detailed information. For many of us, summer is a time to catch up as we close spring calving and planting and watch crops, hay and livestock grow. On behalf of the entire OCA board of directors and staff, I want to invite you to catch up this summer with what OCA has been doing lately on behalf of its members. I am pleased to share that our Live Cattle Marketing Committee met this spring and has become much more active in the past 12 months with the disruptions in the markets caused by COVID-19 and other factors. The Committee presented its report to the OCA board of directors at its June 15th meeting. For details about the committee report, please contact your district OCA board member, Committee Chairman Mark Goeke, an OCA staff member, or me for more information. An aspect of the report I find very promising is the state and federal funding available for expansion of meat processing. In Ohio, one of the ways to increase price discovery is to increase the number of processors bidding on cattle and the available chain space for harvest. We are excited that many beef industry functions are opening back up in Ohio. Most county fairs will operate as normal, but the Ohio State Fair will be limited to livestock shows only, including junior and open beef cattle shows. There will be some schedule and facility changes compared to what many of us have grown accustomed to over the years. However, the OCA Steak Barn will be open for business as usual and we encourage you to volunteer for a shift to promote what we produce. For more information, contact Director Bill Tom or an OCA staff member for details. We are also anticipating a large turnout for our annual Cattlemen’s Gala to be hosted in Stoutsville, Ohio on Saturday, Aug. 28. We hope that you will make plans to attend this fun event to raise money for youth scholarships through the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation. Tickets can be purchased on our website at We are also planning to resume OCA’s Cattlemen’s Academy with calving clinics around the state. This is an exclusive member benefit that has been popular pre-COVID and we wish to continue our efforts for producer education in partnership with the OSU Extension Beef Team. These are just a few examples of the many areas OCA is working and opportunities for us to catch up with you this summer. We invite you to join us for these events that provide one of the important aspects of life in the cattle business…the opportunity to catch up with friends and neighbors who work hard every day with a passion and eagerness that is unique to agriculture. Hope to catch-up with you soon!




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Forage Focus DOUBLE CROP FORAGES TO MAXIMIZE SUMMER FORAGE POTENTIAL By Jason Hartschuh, Agricultural and Natural Resources Educator, Crawford County Many producers use summer annual forages for grazing and stored forage to either fill the summer slump or keep livestock feed through the winter. With wheat harvest finalized across most of the state and straw baling completed for many now, our attention turns to creating a second or third profit center off those wheat acres. Wheat acres provide an excellent opportunity for double cropping with forages that when harvested at the proper growth stage can either make high quality late gestation early lactation forage, grazing opportunities or gut fill to mix lower the quality of other forages or concentrates. Many species of summer annuals can be utilized for forage. Some of them such as radish and turnip can be easily grazed but do not make as good stored forage as Baleage or dry hay. For dry hay we have found the best two species to be teff and oats. Most other species can be harvested as silage or Baleage. Be cautious making dry hay that for plant stem is truly dry. The nutritional value of summer annual forages we sampled ranging from $200-$260 per ton. While it may not be possible to sell these forages for their nutritional value, this is what it would cost to replace these forages in the ration with other forms of protein, energy and fiber. Figure 1 shows the tons harvested per acre of forages planted on July 2 and harvested either 63 or 91 days after planting versus a July 29 planting date with a harvest 63 to 84 days after planting. While nutrition content of the crop is important to filling the needs of livestock, the driving factor behind return per acre is the tons produced. While some of 8 | Ohio Cattleman | Summer Issue 2021

these summer annuals can be harvested multiple times over the summer, we compared a single cutting at about 60 or 90 days after planting. Not surprisingly across most species the early July planting had increased yields but the ability to utilize these crops into a late summer planting was surprising. All crops in Figure 1 were managed the same being planted in with a drill in 7.5 inch rows with 50 pounds of nitrogen applied. Early July planted corn yielded almost 7 tons of dry matter compared to late July planted corn only yielding about 2.5 tons. The reduction in yield was also found in sorghum more than other crops. Sorghum 90-day yield dropped from 4 tons per acre to about 2 tons with the later planting date. Both crops could have been grown until just before the first frost increasing tonnage. The balancing act between quality and tonnage is found just before these crops switch from vegetative growth to reproductive. When these crops are planted late in the growing season, end of July, they will not complete grain fill making it better to harvest them just before seed heads or tassels emerge. While the trial in Figure 1 shows an advantage to corn just a year later under much drier growing conditions Figure 2 show corn as the second to lowest yield species with a mid-July planting date. When double cropping is delayed until early August we have found that Oats have the greatest yield potential with planting dates as late as September 15 yielding over 2 tons of dry matter. Teff provides advantages that it could be made as dry hay much easier

than other forages. It proved to have some challenges though needing tedded twice to dry completely in humid Ohio conditions. It also declined in quality rapidly with crude protein falling from 12% to 6.5% within a week as the plant flowered. Soybeans provided higher levels of crude protein than grass at 90 days after harvest having about 17% crude protein. Forage type soybeans are available which provide higher tonnage than conventional soybeans. Soybean silage/ baleage should be made when the beans reach late R6 growth stage. At this point, lower leaves are just starting to turn yellow and seed pods are fully developed. Harvesting later leads to higher oil content which often causes fermentation issues. Oats are the most common double crop forage in our area. Usually we do not recommend planting oats until late July, but some years the early planted oats yields as well as the late planted oat. Oats are a daylength sensitive crop. When planted in early August it is triggered to grow larger leaves instead of working hard to produce seed. Earlier planted oats had lower energy and protein content. Oat Crown Rust was also a critical challenge with oats planted in July and occasionally into early August. By 90 days after planting, rust covered over 50% of Oats leaves. Utilizing a fungicide labeled for Oat Crown Rust did not increase tonnage but did improve digestible NDF, increasing energy values and dollar value of the forage. Studies using corn silage have also found that rust causes fermentation issues with a higher final silage pH when rust is present versus not present. In 2021 we will contin-

ue to double crop with trials in two locations across the state and a double cropping with summer annuals field day on Aug. 28 in Licking County. Detailed trial reports with for quality analysis are available as part of eFields at:



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OCA News ANNUAL MEETING TO BE HELD BEFORE CATTLEMEN’S GALA Join us for an afternoon of industry business and end the night celebrating with fellow cattlemen The postponed Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) Annual Meeting will be held before the Cattlemen’s Gala on Aug. 28 at the Pavilion at Orchard View, 6259 Winchester Southern Rd., Stoutsville, Ohio 43154. The Annual Meeting will begin at 4:00 p.m. All OCA members are encouraged to attend and share their voice to help decide the Association’s top priorities for the year. A highlight of the 2021 Annual Meeting will be an industry update by Colin Woodall, CEO for the Na-

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tional Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). He will cover D.C. policy issues impacting cattle producers including EPA actions, taxes, fake meat, and cattle markets. He will also showcase the work done for producers that is funded by the Beef Checkoff, including the current summer grilling campaign. He will cover all of the national issues currently impacting cattle producers. The annual Cattlemen’s Gala Celebration and Fundraiser will be held promptly after the Annual Meeting with social hour and appetizers beginning at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will follow at 6:30 p.m. Attendees will enjoy a full beef tenderloin meal with all the fixin’s, drinks and homemade desserts. Following dinner, guests will have the opportunity to participate in live and silent auctions. Funds raised from the auctions will go towards the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation youth scholarship fund.

Live music will fill air throughout the evening as Nashville star, Thomas Mac, will hold a solo acoustic performance. Thomas Mac is a singer/songwriter and Nashville recording artist whose music is influenced by performers he admires in the industry such as Johnny Cash, George Strait, Brad Paisley and Kenny Chesney. Thomas played the Ohio Country Concert 2019 stage and has opened for big time country artists. New this year, all guests will be entered into a special grand prize drawing to be held at the end of the evening. Guests will also have the option to purchase tickets for a split the pot raffle. Both additions will add more excitement to the evening as participants must be present win. Each registration includes two drink tickets, appetizers, a full beef tenderloin dinner, desserts and a free shuttle provided to transport guests to and from the hotel.

OCA MEMBERSHIP TO VOTE ON PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO CODE OF REGULATIONS AT ANNUAL MEETING The OCA board of directors is recommending several amendments to the OCA Code of Regulations. These amendments largely relate to membership and elections, combining the credentials and nominating committees, as well as needed updates for law changes, clarity, consistency, and cleanup. OCA’s new web-based membership platform, which provides 12 months of service regardless of when a member joins, led to some of the proposed changes. OCA members will vote on the proposed amendments to the Code of Regulations at the OCA Annual meeting on Aug. 28, 2021. A summary 10 | Ohio Cattleman | Summer Issue 2021

of the proposed amendments are as follows: • Article II Purposes, adds Objective 2.04 regarding the association’s relationship with the Ohio Beef Council. • Article III Membership, makes changes regarding 3.04 annual membership dues from a calendar year to a membership year beginning on the date the OCA receives a member’s dues. • Article V Directors, adds under 5.05 Nominations (c) qualifications for directors, including timely payment of dues, meets eligibility requirements to be a

voting member, has been a voting member in good standing for at least 12 months, and acts in support of OCA purposes and objectives. • Article V and Article VII Committees, combines the functions of the credentials committee and nomination committee into one nominating committee. For a complete copy of the OCA Code of Regulations that highlights the proposed changes in detail, visit, email the office at or call 614-8736736.

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Throw on your good boots and join us for a night of fun and celebration to support the next generation of cattle industry leaders! The night will feature live music by Nashville star, Thomas Mac, a beef tenderloin dinner, homemade desserts, drinks, live and silent auctions and a special grand prize drawing for all attendees present at the end of the night!

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OCA News OCA INTERNS ENJOYING A BUSY SUMMER Each semester the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) and the Ohio Beef Council (OBC) welcome college students passionate about the cattle industry to join the team at events, on farms and in the office.

Kamryn Kreis

Braden Lesch

Kamryn Kreis

Kamryn Kreis is serving as the Public Relations Intern. She is the daughter of Ron and Tonya Kreis of Muskingum County, where she grew up on her family’s cattle farm. Kreis is a sophomore at The Ohio State University, where she is majoring in agricultural communications. As a Buckeye, she enjoys being involved in Sigma Alpha, Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow club and is a CFAES Peer Mentor. Kreis also spends her time in the show ring as a photographer for Linde’s Livestock Photography. Kreis is looking forward to building off of her photography skills and growing more experienced with graphic design, social media and videography.

Braden Lesch

Braden Lesch is serving as the OCA Membership Intern. He is the son of John and Heather Lesch from Chautauqua County, New York, where he was raised on his family’s row crop farm and was involved in 4-H raising market hogs and market steers. Lesch will be a senior at The Ohio State University, where he will be completing his degree in animal sciences with a focus on beef production and minoring in agribusiness. Lesch is currently serving as the Vice President of both the Saddle and Sirloin Club and the Ag Systems Management Club. Lesch will spend many hours on the road this summer travelling to auction markets, farms and more as he learns about issues that effect the industry and networks with members.

START MAKING PLANS FOR THE 2021 REPLACEMENT FEMALE SALE The ninth annual OCA Replacement Female Sale will be held Friday evening, Nov. 26, 2021. The sale will be held at the Muskingum Livestock Auction Co. in Zanesville, Ohio and will begin at 6:00 p.m

Why discuss a sale that is several months away?

The middle of the 2021 breeding season is an excellent time to evaluate your herd and consider marketing decisions for the fall. Young, high quality cattle backed by solid genetics are in demand with potential buyers. Yearling heifers bred artificially to proven calving ease sires are very marketable. A shorter breeding season that results in a tighter calving window has also

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proven to be popular with potential buyers. As we think about that tight breeding season, consider those January to early May calving females as potential consignments and breeding pieces that will fit calving windows for many Ohio producers. It is also a great time to evaluate the body condition of potential sale animals and make nutritional adjustments to the animal’s diet in anticipation of a late November sale date. Body Condition Scores in the 5-6 range on a 9-point scale at sale time is a good goal to strive to achieve. Additional considerations when evaluating females and making breed decisions include udder conformation and temperament/docility.

Consignment Information

Consignments may include cow-calf pairs, bred cows and bred heifers. Females must be under the age of five as of January 1, 2022 and may be of registered or commercial background. Bred females must be bred to a bull with known EPD’s and calves at side of cows must be sired by a bull with known EPD’s. Pregnancy status must be verified by an accredited veterinarian through traditional palpation, ultrasound or by blood testing through a professional laboratory. Sale consignments are due to the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association by October 1, 2021. More information about the sale is available at or by contacting Garth Ruff at ruff.72@osu. edu.


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On the Edge of Common Sense THE FAIRBOARD By Baxter Black, DVM It was every fairboard’s nightmare when the lightning hit the stage. Course, it might have been expected; it was just another page In a trail of disasters that befell our county fair That began when Dr. Knockwurst told us we should be aware That a stomatitis outbreak might shut down the rodeo Not to mention all the entries in the Junior Livestock Show. Then the week before we opened they began to excavate Down the center of the highway that runs up to the main gate. Of course, they hit a waterline. We were Lake Louise by dawn. But no water in the spigots in the barns or in the john. So we planned on shuttle parking using pontoons and canoes But we finally wound up asking folks to just take off their shoes. And the carnival got testy ‘cause we couldn’t build a bridge Plus the vendors all were grumblin’ due to decreased patronage But the tractor pull went okay ‘cept they pulled a light pole down Which played havoc with the dog trials when two handlers almost drowned. On the morning of the last night the promoter called to say That the singer had a sore throat and could not perform, no way. But by noon it didn’t matter ‘cause the clouds came rollin’ in And the crowd all left in lifeboats so by five we pulled the pin. We retreated to the office down beneath the grandstand seats Where the fairboard did its business and hashed out the balance sheets. ‘Cause tonight we were survivors. Like a pile of used retreads Only glad that it was over, all we did was shake our heads And ask ourselves why anyone would take this thankless chore When a kid, in tow with mother, stuck his head in through the door. He had lost his yellow ribbon, she explained, both drippin’ pools, And wondered if by some small chance, if it weren’t against rules... Could we? “Course we could!” I shouted. “We’re the fairboard! That’s our thing!” So we picked him out a dry one. It was like we crowned him king. And he tried to say his thank yous but his tears got in the way. Time stood still as he departed. No one had too much to say

Dates to Remember: Ohio State Fair

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Till the lightning hit the stage lights, then I heard me volunteer, “I reckon we should get them fixed ‘fore we do much else next year.”

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The program will focus on a wide range of issues important to everyone involved in the cattle industry. It will explore new opportunities for purebred Angus breeders to work with commercial breeders to increase profitability for all involved.

REGISTRATION IS FREE RSVPs requested by August 20. Call (937)265-8075 or email to RSVP the name and number of cattle producers attending.

ENJOY A NIGHT OUT AFTER When the field day wraps up, travel north to attend the Cattlemen’s Gala Celebration and Fundraiser hosted by OCA and the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation. Cattlemen will enjoy dinner, drinks, live music, auctions & more! Learn more on page 10 or at


9:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Registration at the farm

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Esther McCabe, Director of Performance Programs, American Angus Association. Her presentation will discuss the Power of Information.

11:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Colin Woodall, CEO, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. He will discuss D.C. policy issues impacting cattle producers including EPA actions, taxes, fake meat, and cattle markets. He will also showcase the work done for producers that is funded by the Beef Checkoff, including the current summer grilling campaign.

12:00 p.m.

Lunch provided

12:45 – 1:45 p.m.

Optum Angus Cattle Tour

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Mark McCully, CEO, American Angus Association. He will share a business update and outlook on behalf of the American Angus Association.

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ECONOMIC VIABILITY AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY ARE PART OF SUSTAINABILITY TOO By Clay Burtrum, Chair of the Federation of State Beef Councils Sustainability is certainly a hot topic these days, and most discussions revolve around environmental stewardship, but there are other aspects of sustainability to consider including economic viability and social responsibility. True sustainability is a balance of these three different but intersecting pillars, and farmers and ranchers are dedicated to producing beef in a way that prioritizes all three. Although we are hearing more about sustainability through the media and from consumers, it is not a new concept, as we have been conserving natural resources, contributing to the economy and engaging with our communities for generations. Simply put, cattle are raised sustainably in the U.S. and generate more protein for the human food supply than would exist without them.1 Additionally, the beef industry is an integral part of local communities and the national economy. Environmental sustainability encompasses biodiversity, carbon and water footprints, wildlife habitat, soil and rangeland health and the ability of cattle to utilize human inedible feeds. Cattle expand the land available for human food production and do so while enhancing natural ecosystems. This is due to their ability to upcycle human-inedible plants into high-quality protein.2 In fact, the U.S. has had the lowest beef greenhouse gas emissions intensity in the world since 1996,3 and according to the Environmental Protection Agency, greenhouse gas from beef cattle only represents 2% of emissions in the U.S.4 I have talked with producers across the country about their stewardship efforts including incorporating rotational grazing systems, developing manure management plans, utilizing solar power for remote well pumps, implementing 16 | Ohio Cattleman | Summer Issue 2021

buffers to protect waterways, providing habitat for wildlife and pollinators and countless other innovative ways they are protecting land and water while also caring for animals. Producers make decisions on a daily basis that positively impact the environment now and preserve the land and water for the future, with a goal of leaving the land better than when they started. Economic sustainability includes improving rural economies and livelihoods, maintaining the affordability of beef to consumers, and embracing profitability - allowing farmers and ranchers to continue producing high-quality beef. As our global population grows and demand for beef increases worldwide, the economic viability of our industry is critical to maintaining a sustainable food system. Annually, the beef industry contributes $167 billion in gross sales to the national economy and more than 721,000 jobs and $10.8 billion in employee compensation are supported by beef production.5 Social sustainability includes animal welfare, antibiotic and technology use, community engagement, recreational value and tourism and the culture and traditions of beef producers as farms and ranches are passed from one generation to the next. Producers are active citizens who are the cornerstone of rural America, contributing time and talents to communities by serving on school boards, volunteering at organizations and running for local elected offices. According to the 2017 Cattlemen’s Stewardship review, 78% of ranchers plan to invest in their community by passing their operation on to future generations.6 The Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program, funded by the Beef Check-

off, also impacts social sustainability by training farmers and ranchers on best practices and cattle management techniques to ensure their animals and the environment are cared for within a standard set of guidelines across the U.S. beef industry. With more than 85% of the beef supply in the U.S. today coming from a BQA certified farmer or rancher, consumers can feel good knowing there is a national program in place that sets consistent animal welfare and care standards. The three pillars of sustainability are often described as legs of a stool and if any one of them are missing, the stool will fall. Environment, economy and community work together to support a sustainable food system, and beef farmers and ranchers play a vital role in making sure all three remain healthy. Despite what you may hear through the media, remember that our industry is not the cause of climate change, but the solution for a brighter and cleaner future. You can feel confident knowing that through your daily efforts of effectively managing the land and cattle, the U.S. produces the most sustainable beef in the world and will continue to do so for generations to come. 1 National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle: Eighth Revised Edition. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi. org/10.17226/19014  2 Davies, KW, et al. Winter grazing can reduce wildfire size, intensity and behaviour in a shrub-grassland. International Journal of Wildland Fire 25(2) 191-199  Submitted: 27 February 2015  Accepted: 16 May 2015   Published: 11 August 2015.  3 Climate Watch Data. Agriculture. Found on; FAO-STAT. Emissions intensities. Found on 4 EPA. 2019. Inventory of U. S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2017. U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D. C.  5 English, L., J. Popp, G. Alward, and G. Thoma. 2020. Economic contributions of the U.S. beef industry. Forthcoming.  6 National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. 2017. 2017 Cattlemen’s Stewardship Review. Found on https://www.beefboard. org/2018/05/14/2017-cattlemens-stewardship-review/.


They upcycle by eating human-inedible plants and converting them into high-quality protein that sustains people.1,2

The adoption of a grazing management plan can boost farm and ranch sustainability by increasing forage production and adding to the bottom line. Wholesome beef for people. Land that’s nourished for future generations. Learn more: 1.

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST). 1999. Animal Agriculture and Global Food Supply. Task force report N. 135 July 1999, Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis, CA, USA. Available at: 2. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle: Eighth Revised Edition. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. Summer Issue 2021 | Ohio Cattleman | 17

CATTLEMEN YOUTH CELEBRATE ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL BEST SEASON Awards and prizes filled the stage as families gathered to commemorate an unusual year at the annual Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) BEST (Beef Exhibitor Show Total) awards banquet held on May 1 at the Ohio State Fairgrounds in Columbus. Over 350 BEST exhibitors were awarded for their show success, cattle industry knowledge, photography skills, community service efforts and more. This year’s BEST program featured seven weekends of sanctioned shows that wove their way across the state. Over 592 youth participants showed 850 head of market animals and heifers throughout the season. The 2020-2021 sponsoring partners for the BEST program were Ag-Pro Companies and John Deere, Bob Evans Farms, Dickson Cattle Co., D&E Electric - The Young Family, M.H. EBY, Inc., Farm Credit Mid-America, Ohio Farm Bureau, The Folks Printing, Frazier Farms, Jones Show Cattle, R.D. Jones Excavating and Weaver Leather Livestock.

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The banquet kicked off with the annual Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) donation. BEST exhibitors raised money earlier in the year through the Celebrity Showdown and collected pop tabs all year. Over 1,280 pounds of pop tabs were accumulated and this year’s donation total was $23,467. The highest donations were from Weston and Lawson Grauer, Richland County with $2,925 and Austin Sutherly, Clark County with $1,100. Cheyenne Baker, Preble County, submitted the most pop tabs with 472 pounds. “Of all the prizes and awards given to these kids at the end of the season, the most exciting part to them is the community service. They are always so eager to be involved in this project, and I hope it is something they will take with them as they get older and grow to become leaders for Ohio’s cattle industry,” said Karigan Blue, BEST program coordinator. Thanks to the program’s generous sponsors, many door prize giveaways

and drawings were held. The hottest drawings were for the BEST trailer, the Buckeye Breeders Series (BBS) trailer (both trailers donated by M.H. EBY) and the John Deere Gator (donated by Ag-Pro). The winners of these prizes receive a full year’s use of the item. The Novice Division of BEST includes first year participants. All Novice exhibitors were given an entry into their own unique drawing for every animal they showed at each show throughout the season. This year’s prize was a grooming chute donated by Weaver Leather Livestock. The main event of the evening was the award recognition ceremony for the hard work exhibitors showcased throughout the season. Awards were given for character trait winners, scholarships, stockmanship, photography, showmanship, breed champions, novice champions, bred and owned champions and Buckeye Breeders Series (BBS) champions. A full list of winners can be found at

Olivia Wood, Meigs County, winner of the Novice Division Grooming Chute

Miley’s Windy Ridge Farm, Noble County, winner of the BBS breeder Gator drawing

Josie Kidwell, Knox County, winner of the BBS exhibitor trailer drawing

Maximus Krempasky, Clark County, winner of the BEST trailer drawing

$23, 467 was raised throughout the season for RMHC

Over 1,289 pounds of pop tabs were accumulated for donation to RMHC

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The Ruff Review FEED YOUR COWS AND YOUR FORAGE By Garth Ruff, Beef Cattle Field Specialist, OSU Extension Now that we are back to a semblance of somewhat normal, questions regarding Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) have been aplenty. While BQA has been a long-standing program, it was brought to the limelight in 2018 with Tyson’s announcement that would only source fed cattle from cattle feeders certified in BQA. With a certification being valid for a period of three years, those producers certified in our initial statewide push in 20182019 are due to be recertified in 2021 and into the spring of 2022. While the principles of BQA have remained steady over the years, it is my goal as an educator to help the program evolve and move forward past the “basics” of injection locations, routes of administration and flight zones. Although those topics are certainly still relevant today, I view BQA as an opportunity to educate about management practices that can be used to maintain and improve beef quality and farm profitability. While the primary audience for BQA remains cattle feeders marketing fed cattle, we have had a tremendous response to the program here in Ohio, and we hope that momentum continues into this recertification cycle. Maintaining market access and added value for cattle raised by BQA certified producers has been significant in the past few years. On the fed cattle side, we know what happens when one of the major packers is out of the market for a period of time. Producer participation in the program has kept Tyson at Ohio markets and buying Ohio cattle. Depending on the week and who you ask, that is a value of $5-15/cwt. 20 | Ohio Cattleman | Summer Issue 2021

Evidence of added value has also been seen in the feeder cattle market. In 2019, Colorado State analyzed market data from the Western Video Markets and determined that BQA certified cattle sold with a premium of $2.71/cwt on average compared to cattle where BQA certification was not documented. Results of the study revealed a premium of $16.80/head for cattle that had BQA listed in the lot description compared to no mention and holding other factors constant. This value was determined by applying the $2.71/cwt premium found in CSU’s statistical analysis to the average weight of cattle in the study data. At OSU Extension, our offices are open and we are currently scheduling in-person BQA trainings. Reach out to your local OSU Extension office to find a training near you. Aside from BQA, another reason to keep beef quality at the forefront is the increased demand for local beef products. While demand for local beef had been growing prior to COVID-19, the pandemic accelerated that demand to a point that many, if any, of us had never seen.

The real question is: how much of that added demand for local beef is here to stay? That answer varies from processor to processor that I have spoken to, however they all believe that those customers who had a positive eating experience will be back to purchase local beef. That should excite those producers who are set up for the direct marketing of quality beef. That said, the pandemic also brought to light, that there are several first-time direct marketers that need some guidance in producing that high quality product if they want to remain in that direct-to-consumer lane of beef production. This brings us back to genetics, nutrition and cattle management topics such as BQA. Once we have a live calf on the ground, maximizing profit potential of that calf and eating quality of the end product are goals to aim for. Now that Extension programs are happening across the state, I hope to be able to visit some of your farms and have conversations on how to accomplish those goals.

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Driving the Demand for Beef with your $2 Investing in Beef Promotion, Nutrition, Education & Research SUMMER GRILLING CAMPAIGN TAKES OFF THANKS TO BEEF CHECKOFF

With temps heating up outside, the checkoff ’s national Summer Grilling advertising campaign is now in full swing across a multitude of advertising platforms! New Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. ads can now be viewed on YouTube and across Smart TV channels, like HGTV, Fox News, CBS, ESPN, and other popular networks. New audio ads will also be welcoming back consumers to the grill, appearing on Spotify and on a wide range of Sirius XM programming, including College Gameday, The Herd with Colin Cowherd, and MLB Roundtrip. Additionally, Beef advertising will be run across a variety of social media platforms – including Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Reddit. Consumers will be inspired and educated on how to build delicious and nutritious Beef burgers, with ads appearing on popular websites such as Taste of Home, Saveur and Health. com. Google Search ads will be used to drive traffic to the BIWFD Summer Grilling landing page that includes Beef grilling favorites and rancher/ farmer stories from across all 50 states. Capping off this effort is a robust Food Network cable TV advertising buy, with over 200 BIWFD ad airings, on popular shows such as BBQ Brawl: Flay v. Symon, The Kitchen and the new series, Grill of Victory. To learn more visit


The Ohio Beef Council will sponsor the 2021 Ohio Burger

Week in five cities across the state – Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, Toledo and Dayton. Participating restaurants in each city will offer a featured $6 burger for participants to enjoy. Burger Passports will be provided to participants to visit participating restaurants to receive stamps through the week for a chance to win a Grill & Ultimate Grilling Out pack. As the presenting sponsor, the Ohio Beef Council will receive recognition on all print material, social media and any media coverage. To learn more or find participating restaurants in your area search “Ohio Burger Week” online.

entertaining videos that explains how the Beef Checkoff works. Each of the five videos is designed to be a resource that will help cattle producers and other members of the beef community better understand the program and how their Checkoff dollars are used to drive demand for beef through promotion, education, and research efforts. The $2 Ohio Beef Checkoff is structured the same with the second dollar helping reach Ohio’s 11.5 million consumers with beef messaging. To watch the videos, visit



To help Family and Consumer Science educators reinforce lessons about lean beef selection, storage, preparation, nutrition and food safety, the Beef in the Classroom Grant Program was established. Beef in the Classroom reimburses up to $100 per classroom per school district to provide financial support for the use of beef products in their lesson plans. For the 2020-2021 school year, over 350 students were able to prepare beef in the classroom, despite the many challenges faced throughout the year. To learn more about the Beef in the Classroom Grant program, visit


To celebrate “May is Beef Month” the Ohio Beef Council hosted a social media giveaway providing an Ohio family with a $200-valued Beef Prize pack courtesy of Ohio’s beef farmers. Entrants were asked to follow the Ohio Beef Council on Facebook and Instagram and provide their contact information to be considered for the promotion. The randomly selected winner won a Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner branded cooler, beef jerky, Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner. branded grilling utensils and various other beef related items. Over 3,000 people entered the contest resulting in over 400 new followers on both Instagram and Facebook, helping reach consumers where they engage online through various social media platforms.

The Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) and Oklahoma Beef Council have collaborated on a series of

The Ohio Beef Council and the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board are responsible for developing programs that increase the demand for beef. For more information, contact the Ohio Beef Council at 614-873-6736, or visit Ohio Beef Council Operating Committee: Erin Stickel, Bowling Green, Chairman • Bill Sexten, Washington C.H., Vice Chairman • Stan Smith, Canal Winchester, Treasurer • Mandy Atterholt, Loudonville Dave Felumlee, Newark • Lou Ellen Harr, Jeromesville • Stephanie Harris, St. Clairsville • Jake Osborn, Lynchburg • Becky Reed, Springfield • Sam Roberts, South Charleston Allan Robison, Cable • Garth Ruff, Malta • Kurt Steiner, Creston • Susie Turner, Somerset • Barb Watts, Alexandria • Elizabeth Harsh, Executive Director 22 | Ohio Cattleman | Summer Issue 2021

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Industry Insights TRACE MINERALS: A STRATEGY FOR IMPROVED PROFITABILITY By Laurentia VanRensburg, Technical Mineral Manager, Alltech Trace mineral supplementation as a nutritional strategy is an important economic decision for cow/calf operations. The right — or wrong — program can have a direct impact on an operation’s reproductive outcomes and weight gains and, as a result, could directly impact profitability as well. In Ohio, the typical forages — including fescue and orchard grass — do not always contain sufficient trace mineral concentrations to supply the cow’s requirements; as such, supplementation is critical to help bridge the gap between the forage’s trace mineral content and the cow’s needs. The trace minerals that are most often deficient in this region include zinc, copper and selenium — all of which are essential nutrients involved in growth, reproduction and immunity. The trace mineral content of forages can also vary based on the season and the soil quality. Given these fluctuations and the changing requirements of cows due to the stage of production, year-round trace mineral supplementation is not only recommended but is often necessary for optimal performance and profitability. Trace minerals can be supplemented in either an inorganic or organic form. You can easily determine which source is being used by taking a quick look

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at your mineral or feed tag. Inorganic sources — such as oxides, sulfates and chlorides — are typically not as bioavailable as the proteinated form of organic trace minerals. Due to the low bioavailability of inorganic sources, it is not uncommon to see inorganic trace minerals being supplemented at levels above the animal’s requirements. However, due to their poor absorption, the majority of inorganic trace minerals get excreted, which is both a waste of money and can be detrimental to the environment. Inorganic trace minerals also have pro-oxidative qualities that can inhibit vitamin and enzyme stability, indirectly influencing the overall supplementation or feed value and the animal’s performance as a result. These issues can easily be overcome by substituting inorganic trace minerals with minerals provided in the organic form. Organic trace minerals — such as zinc, copper, manganese and cobalt proteinates (such as Alltech’s Bioplex) and selenium yeast (like that included in Sel-Plex) — provide the animal with trace minerals in a form as close to nature as possible, thereby mimicking the form that would be found in forages. Organic trace minerals are also better absorbed and, as a result, can be provided at lower inclusion rates.

Recent research out of the University of Florida has demonstrated that organic trace minerals can contribute to the optimal trace mineral status needed for reproductive efficiency, immunity and growth. Scientists at the university published a multi-year study on the pre- and post-natal effects of different supplementation strategies. The inorganic trace minerals were supplied as sulfates and sodium selenite, while the organic trace minerals were supplemented as Bioplex and Sel-Plex. Over the course of this study, the organic trace minerals provided had a tremendous positive impact on weaning weights and pregnancy rates across breeds (Price et al., 2017). The average weaning weight was improved by more than 20 pounds, and pregnancy rates increased by 2.7% (from 92.6% to 95.6%). Bioplex-supplemented heifers were also confirmed pregnant eight days earlier in year one of the study and 18 days earlier in year two of the study (Price et al., 2017). Dr. Matt Hersom, who led the research, reported that both the pregnancy rates and weaning weights — which are key drivers of profitability — were positively impacted by substituting inorganic trace minerals with organic trace minerals in the form of Bioplex. With increasing consumer awareness and the need for efficient yet profitable beef production, this modern approach to mineral supplementation lends itself to a healthier end-product while minimizing the impact on the environment as well.

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Labor of

Improving the land helps the Turners grow, enhance their Shorthorn herd

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Story & Photos by Amy Beth Graves Bouncing along in their gator, Tom and Susie Turner point out the numerous improvements made to their Perry County property over the years: new fencing, springs development, hay storage facility, improved grass and removal of invasive plants and bushes. Tom stops at the bottom of a hill and points out the last of the couple’s major improvements – fixing a gully that’s 6 feet deep at spots and looks like a giant raked its fingers through the earth. For the past 20 years, the Turners have been working hard to convert an old silica mine in Somerset into pastureland for their Shorthorns. At times it’s been daunting for the couple but determination has always trumped. With the completion of the last major project on the horizon, the Turners are looking forward to simply maintaining what they’ve worked so hard to accomplish. “People thought we should be committed for taking on this project,” Tom laughed. “At first we thought we could do it on the weekends but it became clear to us that at the rate we were going we weren’t going to get anywhere and would have to move here.” When the Turners bought the reclaimed silica mine, they were living in Columbus where Tom was a faculty member at the Ohio State University teaching animal science and Susie was executive director of the Ohio Soybean Council. In 1999 a student who knew the couple were looking for land to raise their Shorthorns tipped them off about 215 acres of reclaimed land that the mining company was going to be selling. The location was idyllic – less than an hour from where they lived, rolling hills for pasture and wooded lots. The land, which had been mined since 1975, was pretty rough in spots despite the reclamation efforts. “Because it hadn’t been mowed for years, you couldn’t tell where the gullies were. When we started mowing, I had to go ahead of Tom to spot

the gullies so the tractor didn’t fall into a gully,” Susie said. “After the company filled in the mine, they put on whatever they had and there’s almost no topsoil. That’s why so many gullies form – the sandy soil breaks down whenever water runs through it.” For the past 20 years, the Turners have focused on fixing soil erosion problems and managing the water. To reduce the wear and tear on the land, they put in fencing to create 31 paddocks and rotate their cattle every day or two. Doing that type of intensive grazing also gives them the opportunity to look over their 65 cows and their offspring. “It takes less than five minutes to move our cows in the paddock and they walk between us and we can check every hoof and eye. We had a calf this morning that had a stone in its hoof and was limping and we were able to track him down and remove the stone out of his foot without bringing him and his mom to the barn,” Tom said. This summer marked the best year yet for the quality of the grass in the pastures. Having a healthy plant structure not only benefits the cattle but helps slow down water on the farm, which in some spots is 20 feet lower than surrounding areas. “A lot of our goal is to slow down the water because when it comes, it really flows and along with it comes erosion,” Tom said. “And the better the grass is, the better our cows are because they’re in better shape and our calves are growing faster.” A major concern was access to water for the cattle. The couple put in a pipeline that runs the length of the farm with an automatic watering system that reaches multiple paddocks. They developed three springs and put in two collecting troughs with one filled with water from a barn roof. The Turners built a hay storage facility after experiencing a couple of unusually wet spring seasons. “It was a real challenge feeding our cattle because of the intense wetness. Whenever we would unroll the large

hay bales for the cows to eat, the ground was so soft it was tearing up the soil. We were having to feed the cattle on the road,” Susie said. The Turners also have 50 acres of woodlands to maintain, and they’ve fenced the cattle out of those areas along with their ponds. Removing invasive plants like grapevine, multiflora rose and autumn olive is a critical but never-ending chore. Converting an old silica mine to pasture was challenging at times, and the couple didn’t hesitate to get help from experts at the Natural Resources Conservation District, Ohio State Extension and the local Soil and Water Conservation District for what some described as the “worst soils they’d ever seen.” Joe Koehler, a conservationist with the Licking County NRCS, has worked with the Turners for five years and praised them for their commitment to be environmental stewards of their land. They’ve always been very willing to follow through with practices and get stuff done in a timely fashion,” he said. Standing on a hill watching their cows graze, the couple described what they like the most about Shorthorns – about their high marbling, milking ease and maternal instinct. Susie and Tom, who grew up with Shorthorns in Logan County, traveled extensively throughout the United States looking at purebred Shorthorn herds as they searched for animals with more base width and muscle. Their goal is to eventually have every cow born on their farm. “Our objective is to produce Shorthorns that are functional and can work in the commercial industry. It’s that customer satisfaction that’s a measurement, and we have many repeat buyers,” Tom said, noting that their cattle end up in about 20 states. Most are sold at an open house Labor Day weekend and by private treaty. Like many cattle producers, improving the genetics of their animals is key.

“You can’t make the same matings every year and expect the cattle to get better. That’s the definition of insanity,” Tom said. This year the couple were recipients of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Environmental Stewardship Award, which is the second OCA award they’ve received. In 2017 they were honored with the Industry Excellence Award. Tom coached the livestock judging team at Ohio State for 30 years, was OCA president and on its board and helped create the BEST youth program. Susie, who also worked for Monsanto, is on the Ohio Beef Council’s operating committee. Looking back, Tom reflected on the importance of the lessons taught while he was a livestock judge. Not only did they apply to the animals but those raising them. “Livestock judging helped me teach students how to collect information and make decisions. Most don’t raise livestock now and are in other fields but they value the experience of being pushed to make independent decisions,” he said. In much the same way, the Turners collected information from experts to help guide their vision on how to transform an old silica mine into a thriving Shorthorn cattle business. “It’s been a lot of work and we’re looking forward to just maintaining the land,” Susie said. “Hopefully, we’re an inspiration to others that you can overcome challenges.” Summer Issue 2021 | Ohio Cattleman | 27


The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) recently announced that Carrie Behlke is the winner of the 8th annual National Anthem Contest, sponsored by Norbrook. Behlke will sing the National Anthem at the 2021 Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville, Tenn., during the Opening General Session on Aug. 10, as well as at the Cowboy’s Night at the Opry event on Aug. 12. Behlke grew up in Ohio where her family raised Charolais cattle, and she served as an Ohio FFA Officer and was Queen for the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association. After college, she worked for the American Shorthorn Association and later for The Show Circuit magazine. Today, Behlke, her husband and two daughters split their time between the family ranch in southwest Nebraska where they raise cattle and corn, and High River, Alberta, where her husband is a feedlot veterinarian. In addition to being a cattlewoman, she is a professional quilter and does freelance graphic design work. Behlke was raised in a musical family and grew up performing in church. She began studying piano at the age of seven and started playing the guitar and singing in high school. As a college student her part-time job was teaching piano lessons, and she also played the trumpet in a jazz band. “I’m looking forward to celebrating 28 | Ohio Cattleman | Summer Issue 2021

my Midwest roots and sharing my pride as an American by singing the National Anthem in August,” says Behlke. “My great love is classic country music, so I’m particularly excited to be singing in Nashville at the Opry, which is hallowed ground to me.”


The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) has announced the appointment of Bain Wilson as livestock evaluation specialist. Wilson will join the CFAES Department of Animal Sciences, effective Aug. 2021, as assistant professor, professional practice. He will lead the Ohio State Livestock Judging Team, teach the department’s livestock evaluation course, and begin connecting with Ohio 4-H livestock evaluation teams across the state. “We are excited for Dr. Wilson to join the faculty and to lead the livestock evaluation courses and team. His arrival is part of a larger plan of pursuing excellence for our judging team,” said John Foltz, chair of the Department of Animal Sciences. Wilson currently serves as an

assistant professor in beef production and youth livestock at Virginia Tech. His position there involves teaching, research and extension. He has served as the coordinator of the intercollegiate livestock judging team at Virginia Tech, as well as the coach for both the Virginia and Illinois state 4-H livestock judging teams. In both instances, he led the 4-H livestock judging teams to national championships. His research at Virginia Tech focuses on production practices that have the ability to improve the output and viability of beef production systems. Wilson received a bachelor’s degree in animal science and industry from Kansas State University, a master’s in animal sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a doctorate in ruminant nutrition from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition to the announcement of Bain as livestock evaluation specialist on the Columbus campus, a new livestock evaluation coaching position has been announced for Ohio State ATI on the CFAES Wooster campus. The position has yet to be filled.

FARM SERVICE AGENCY NOW ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR COUNTY COMMITTEE MEMBERS The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) began accepting nominations for county committee members on June 15. Elections will occur in certain Local Administrative Areas (LAA) for these members who make important decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally. All nomination forms for the 2021 election must be postmarked or received in the local FSA office by Aug. 2, 2021.



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“We need enthusiastic, diverse leaders to serve other agricultural producers locally on FSA County Committees,” said Mark VanHoose Acting State Executive Director for FSA in Ohio. “Now’s your time to step up and truly make an impact on how federal programs are administered at the local level to reach all producers fairly and equitably.” VanHoose said agricultural producers who participate or cooperate in a USDA program, and reside in the LAA that is up for election this year, may be nominated for candidacy for the county committee. A cooperating producer is someone who has provided information about their farming or ranching operation to FSA, even if they have not applied or received program benefits. Individuals may nominate themselves or others and qualifying organizations may also nominate candidates. USDA encourages minority producers, women and beginning farmers or ranchers to nominate, vote, and hold office. Nationwide, more than 7,700 dedicated members of the agricultural community serving on FSA county committees. The committees are made up of three to 11 members who serve three-year terms. Producers serving on FSA county committees play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of the agency. Committee members are vital to how FSA carries out disaster programs, as well as conservation, commodity and price support programs, county office employment and other agricultural issues. Producers should contact their local FSA office today to register and find out how to get involved in their county’s election. They should check with their local USDA Service Center to see if their LAA is up for election this year. The form and other information about FSA county committee elections are available at elections.

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Lucille Carlin, 86, of Stryker, Ohio, passed away May 9, 2021. Carlin was a member of the Pulaski United Methodist Church, American National Cattlewomen (ANCW), and the Ohio CattleWomen. She served as ANCW president in 1988-1989 Carlin was born in 1934 in West Unity, Ohio. She married Wayne Carlin of Bryan, Ohio in 1951. A strong supporter of Ohio’s beef industry, Carlin spent countless hours volunteering with various cattle industry organizations. She and her family were involved at the county, state and national level and hosted many industry events are their farm and feedlot in Stryker. She is survived by her husband Wayne and her children, Doug Carlin of Stryker, Barb Saul of Bryan and Ron Carlin of Reading, Michigan; nine grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren. Memorials are requested to the Pulaski United Methodist Church.


Terry J. Klopfenstein, 82, of Lincoln, NE died on April 30, 2021. Klopfenstein was born IN 1939 in Wauseon, Ohio. He had a love of animals his entire life. Growing up, he had numerous pets, helped out on the farm and participated in FFA which led to his career of working with cattle. After completing his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees from The Ohio State University, he joined the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as a ruminant nutritionist in 1965. Calling it his “dream job”, he had only one position at UNL – ruminant researcher and teacher. He held the University of Nebraska Wagner Professorship from 1989-2007, the first endowed chair position in the Animal Science Department. As one of the premier research programs at UNL and nationwide, 30 | Ohio Cattleman | Summer Issue 2021

his findings have had a tremendous economic impact on cattle feeding in Nebraska and the nation. Klopfenstein was a pioneer in using corn byproducts from the ethanol and sweetener industries to supplement cattle feeding creating a win-win-win scenario for cattle feeders, grain farmers and the milling industries. Principles learned in the evaluation of protein sources, protein requirements and growing/finishing systems have been used by the feed and livestock industries. Research with grazing and treating crop residues have been adopted by cattle producers both within the US and internationally. He has authored over 300 refereed articles and over 1000 abstracts and technical articles. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; children, Tim Klopfenstein, Ty Klopfenstein, Michelle Singleton, Todd Klopfenstein, Melissa Meyer, Becky Carey, Amanda Bremer, Klint Bremer; brother, Tom Klopfenstein; 28 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; uncle, Victor Klopfenstein.


Robert Sautter, 76, of Tiro, Ohio passed away April 13, 2021. Born in 1944 in Galion, Ohio, Sautter was a Tiro resident most of his life. He was a member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church in New Washington. Sautter graduated high school in 1964 and married his wife, Kathy in 1968. Following high school, Sautter served in the United States Army where he was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War. He was employed with Timken Roller Bearing in Bucyrus until his retirement in 2003 after 30 years of service. But his true passion was farming and raising cattle. Sautter was active in the Crawford County Cattlemen’s Association for many years, serving as president and a member of the board. In 2012, he received the county’s prestigious Beef Industry Award. He was also a long-time member of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association.

He is survived by his wife Kathy, his two children, Steve Sautter of Tiro and Cindy Bower of Glenmont; his grandson, Lane Sautter of Chatfield and his three siblings, in addition to an extended family of nieces, nephews and other relatives. Memorial contributions may be made to the New Washington Fire Department at 119 E. Main St., New Washington, OH 44854 or the Crawford County Cattlemen Association at P O Box 206, New Washington, OH 44854.

ROMA WALLACE OBITUARY Roma Wallace, 84, of Burgoon, Ohio passed away April 29, 2021. She was born in 1936 in Washington County, Ohio, and married George Wallace in 1962 who preceded her in death in 2013. Wallace was a graduate of Ohio University with a bachelor’s ddegree in Home Economics and was the bookkeeper for the family farm. She was a member of Burgoon United Methodist Church, Sandusky County Farm Women, Sandusky County Republican Women, and served as president of the Lakota Local School board and was a member of the Vanguard School Board. She served as president of the Ohio Angus Auxiliary, president of the Ohio CattleWomen, historian for the American Angus Auxiliary and board member of the Ohio Angus Association. Surviving is her son G. William “Bill” Wallace of Gibsonburg, Ohio; daughter Sandra Wallace of Kansas, Ohio; grandchildren Nicole and Nathan Wallace of Gibsonburg and Samantha Wallace of Kansas, and one great-grandchild. Memorial contributions can be made to the Ohio Angus Auxiliary Scholarship Fund, 3610 S. Grubb Rd., Cridersville, OH 45806 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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Breed News

Featuring our members’ success at state and national shows Event coverage based upon information received and space available


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The American Angus Association® recently named Kelli Retallick-Riley president of Angus Genetics, Inc. (AGI). With a lifetime of experience in the cattle business, Retallick-Riley will lead the company’s genetic evaluation technology and research programs. “Kelli has a unique ability to share complex animal breeding and genetics topics with cattlemen in an understandable way,” said Mark McCully, chief executive officer for the Association. “We are excited to have her progressive, energetic mind leading our innovation at AGI.” Retallick-Riley has been an asset to AGI as the genetic and genomic programs director for AGI, where she coordinated research and application strategies for genetic and genomic technologies. Her education in animal breeding, combined with her practical cattle experience gives Retallick-Riley a unique skill set and perspective to strategically advance AGI and the tools it provides to cattlemen.

Maggie Davis of Bidwell, Ohio and DCC Peg 1979 won Senior Champion Female at the 2021 All-American Angus Breeders’ Futurity Roll of Victory Show. This November 2019 daughter of PHF/DC King George 725 also won Reserve Grand Champion Bred-and-Owned female at the 2021 All-American Angus Breeders’ Futurity Junior Show. She earlier won Senior Champion.


DCC Peg 1979 won Senior Champion Female for in the All-American Angus Breeders’ Futurity Roll of Victory Show and Reserve Grand Champion Bred-and-Owned in the Junior Show for Maggie Davis

Montana Hulsmeyer of Harrod, Ohio took home Reserve Grand Champion Female at the 2021 All-American Angus Breeders’ Futurity Roll of Victory Show with SCC SFC Sheza Queen 025. This February 2020 daughter of Silveriras Style 9303 first claimed Junior Champion. She also won Reserve Grand Champion Owned Female at the 2021 All-American Angus Breeders’ Futurity Junior Show, previously winning Senior Champion. 32 | Ohio Cattleman | Summer Issue 2021

SCC SFC Sheza Queen 025 took home Reserve Grand Champion Female for Montana Hulsmeyer in the All-American Angus Breeders’ Futurity Roll of Victory Show

OHIO ANGUS ASSOCIATION PREVIEW SHOW RESULTS Kristina Scheurman, Warsaw, Ohio, won Grand Champion Bredand-owned Bull with SCH New Dimension 201, a Feb. 2020 son of Lazy JB Sundance 6428. He was also named Reserve Grand Champion Bull in the Open Preview Show. Molly Brodman, Carey, Ohio, exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion Bred-and-

SCH New Dimension 201 took home Grand Champion Bred-and-Owned Bull and Reserve Grand Champion Bull in the Open Show for Kristinia Scheurman

DCC Peg 1979, a Nov. 2019 daughter of PHF/DC King George 725, received Grand Champion Bredand-owned Female with exhibitor Maggie Davis, Bidwell, Ohio. She was also named Grand Champion Female in the Open Preview Show. The Reserve Grand Champion Bred-andOwned Female was Diamond T DCC Shadoe 0319. This Oct. 2020 daughter of RW CCC Sandstorm 708 was exhibited by Logan Davis, Bidwell, Ohio.

DCC Peg 1979 won Grand Champion Bred-and-Owned Female in the Junior Show and Grand Champion Female in the Open Show for Maggie Davis.

KCC Stardom 402 took home Grand Champion Owned Female in the Junior show. This April 2020 daughter of Colburn Primo 5153 was exhibited by Emma Graft, Middletown, Ohio. She also won Reserve Grand Champion Female in the Open Show.

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Breed News

KCC Stardom 402 took home Grand Champion Owned Female in the Junior show for Emma Graft and Reserve Grand Champion in the Open Show

Luke Leith, Pedro, Ohio exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion Owned Female in the Junior Show, Maplecrest Phyllis 0238, a Sep. 2020 daughter of Silveiras Style 9303. Diamond T DCC Primo 2001 won Grand Champion Bull in the Open Show. This Feb. 2020 son of Colburn Primo 5153 was exhibited by Maggie Davis, Bidwell, Ohio.

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WSCC Winnie 13H ET took home Fourth Overall Maine-Anjou Female for Hudson Drake

Hannah Topmiller of Pleasant Plain, Ohio was named Fourth Overall Bred-and-Owned Female with YNOT So Sweet Holly 50H ET, Reserve Champion Bred-and-Owned MaineTainer Bull with YNOT 4C Jackpot 158J, as well as Champion Senior Showman. Rebekah Pertuset of McDermott, Ohio was named Seventh Overall Senior Showman. Luke Jennings of Felicity, Ohio won Fourth Overall Intermediate Showman. Spencer Goettemoeller, Winchester, IN. took home 3rd Overall Bred-and-Owned MaineTainer Female with GOET Miss Mickey Mae 1G ET who was first named Champion Cow/Calf Pair. Goettemoeller also exhibited the Champion Chianina Female, Miss Worthy 1H ET, who first took home Champion Early Spring Yearling.

WSCC Winnie 13H ET took home Fourth Overall Maine-Anjou Female and Reserve Champion Late Spring Yearling Heifer for exhibitor Hudson Drake of Chillicothe, Ohio. The Champion Chianina Female was Miss Worthy 1H ET exhibited by Spencer Goettemoeller

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Samantha VanVorhis, Bowling Green, Ohio, took home the Reserve Grand Champion ChiAngus Female, BMW Ace 422H ET, who first received Champion Late Spring Yearling. Kathy Lehman, Shelby, Ohio, was named Reserve Champion Early Spring Yearling with JSUL Day Primo Who 0134H ET. Ryker Winegardner, Lima, Ohio, received 4th Overall ChiAngus Female with BMW Ace 422H ET who was first named Champion Senior Heifer Calf. Outside of the ring, Ohio juniors excelled at the 2021 Maine-Anjou & Chianina Awards Banquet. Hannah Ziegler of Bloomville was crowned as the 2021-2022 National Queen of the American Chianina Association (ACA).

Hannah Ziegler the 2021-2022 National Queens of the American Chianina Association

Madisen Jolliff of Kenton was appointed the Region 1 Director for the American Junior Maine Anjou Association (AJMAA). Emma Yochum of Hillsboro was crowned a Princess for AJMAA. In the Quiz Bowl competition, two Ohio teams took home awards in their divisions. In the Senior division, The Buckeye Braniacs team consisting of Hannah Topmiller, Austin Hunker, Hannah Ziegler and Rebekah Pertuset

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The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) presented the Roy A. Wallace Memorial Scholarships to Eva Hinrichsen and Gessica Franco June 23 during the group’s Annual Research Symposium and Convention hosted in Des Moines, Iowa. These scholarships were established to encourage young men and women interested in beef improvement to pursue those interests as Wallace did, with dedication and passion. The Roy A. Wallace Beef Improvement Federation Memorial Fund was established by Select Sires to honor the life and career of Roy Wallace. Wallace, who worked for Select Sires for 40 years, served as vice president of beef programs and devoted his life to the improvement of beef cattle. He

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became involved with BIF in its infancy and was the only person to attend all of the first 40 BIF conventions. He loved what BIF stands for — bringing together purebred and commercial cattle breeders, academia and breed associations, all committed to improving beef cattle. Wallace was honored with both the BIF Pioneer and BIF Continuing Service awards, and co-authored the BIF 25-year history, Ideas into Action. Eva Hinrichsen, Westmoreland, Kansas, is this year’s undergraduate winner. She currently attends Oklahoma State University (OSU) where she majors in animal science. At OSU, Hinrichsen is a member of the Block & Bridle Apparel Committee, Student Foundation Membership Committee, and serves as the Student Foundation Membership Retreat Committee Chair. Hinrichsen

is also a member of the McKnight Scholars Leadership Program, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Golden Key International Honor Society and was selected one of the OSU Top 20 Freshman Women. Additionally, she served as the 2020 Miss American Angus and plans to participate on the university’s livestock judging team. The graduate student award was presented to Gessica Franco, College Station, Texas. Franco is currently working on her doctorate degree in physiology of reproduction at Texas A&M University. She currently works with Dr. Ky Pohler researching the traditional view of male effect on pregnancy outcomes in cattle and the significant impact it has on improving the sire fertility evaluation system. During Franco’s graduate studies, she has authored/coauthored 15 peer-reviewed manuscripts, two book chapters and six conference proceedings.

October 23, 2021 Eva Hinrichsen, Westmoreland, Kansas, received the Beef Improvement Federation Roy Wallace Scholarship.

Gessica Franco, center, College Station, Texas, receives the Beef Improvement Federation Roy Wallace Scholarship from Lorna Marshall and Norm Vincel of Select Sires Inc., 36 | Ohio Cattleman | Summer Issue 2021





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Parting Shots County Cattlemen’s Associations across the state are underway with summer meetings. The Darke County Cattlemen’s Association recently held their summer picnic where they crowned the new royalty, awarded outstanding beef exhibitors, recognized the Director’s Award recipient and elected new board members.

OCA/OBC staff and a few OBC Board members recently visited the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Headquarters in Denver, CO where they attended an orientation to learn more about NCBA, the Beef Checkoff and network with fellow cattlemen from across the country.

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