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Summer 2020

Official Publication of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association




Features 12-13 Ohio Heifer Center Focuses on Enviornmental Stewardship, Research and Sustainability

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Beef Families Care Fund The Unintended Consequences of a Mandate

18-19 From Farm to Plate - Blystone Farm has it all


News & Notes



Harsh Realities


OCA News


Calendar of Events


OCA News & Views


Beef Briefs


Allied Industry Council


Parting Shots


Advertisers’ Index

10 On the Edge of Common Sense

16 Your Checkoff Dollars at Work



Forage Corner

Breed News

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Harsh Realities

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THE ROAD AHEAD Much has been said about the COVID-19 crisis and the havoc it has inflicted. The road behind us is filled with many critical decisions and has been widely debated for its directional accuracy. Cussed, discussed and second-guessed into ad nauseum. While the road ahead may still hold some uncertainties, it just feels better to focus on the future. There are also lots of things to disagree about today, but agreement around the fact that our world has changed comes easily.

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By Elizabeth Harsh, Ohio Cattleman Editor

Cattle producers would surely agree that our industry has been significantly impacted at one level or another by this crisis. OCA has been on the job at every step along the way representing the interests of our members. Working to designate our cattle farms and businesses as essential were early actions. From there it moved to addressing the upheaval in the cattle markets and specifically the disparity between live cattle prices and boxed beef prices. Work on this important topic continues as the cattle industry struggles to achieve greater price discovery. OCA also worked with Ohio’s congressional delegation to address industry needs including emergency exemptions to transport livestock, efforts to keep packing plants open across the country and actions to address the backlog of cattle resulting from supply chain disruptions. Early in the crisis OCA joined NCBA and other states to request emergency financial assistance for our members as part of the CARES Act stimulus package. OCA has continued to address inequities in the resulting Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), specifically calling for an extension of the April 15 date for covered losses. It’s the road ahead that deserves our attention. Yes, it’s important to learn from what went wrong, what we did well and where we can improve to avoid retracing our steps. But focusing on the future offers a welcome diversion during these challenging times. The OCA board is currently working to update the association’s strategic plan. A lot has changed since it was last updated in 2017. The strategic plan serves as the roadmap for the association to address the priorities of our members and keep the association on the right path. Realistically OCA can’t be everything to everyone. If we tried, we wouldn’t succeed. Prioritizing and identifying our strengths and opportunities are key to a meaningful strategic plan. OCA is in the process of surveying our members about their attitudes, opinions and needs. Most of you will receive the survey by email, but every member will receive it in one fashion or another. This is your opportunity for input to help shape the direction of OCA in the coming years. Please take the few minutes it requires to complete it. Your input is vitally important to the process. OCA leadership and staff are also enthusiastically working to roll out the next round of producer education programs through the Cattlemen’s Academy. These member-only programs are designed to add additional value to your membership and your input on the topics most helpful to your cattle operation is welcomed. We look forward to seeing you soon at one of these upcoming programs.

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OCA Officers

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

OCA News & Views By Aaron Arnett, OCA President


OCA Directors

Tom Karr Director At-Large Pomeroy • Term expires 2021 Bill Tom Director At-Large Washington C.H. • Term expires 2020 J.L. Draganic Director At-Large Wakeman • Term expires 2022 Open District 1 • 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 Ron Windnagel Director of Accounting & Operations Hanna Fosbrink Manager of Communications & Managing Editor Ashley Dentinger Manager of Consumer Programs & Digital Marketing Alex Ryan Manager of Member Services Tracie Stanley Administrative Assistant

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There is no question the last few months have been challenging in many areas for Ohio’s beef cattle families. Fortunately, a special resilience exists among OCA members, the Board of Directors and OCA staff to adjust and push forward with fresh ideas and new initiatives. We can choose to either become bogged down in the negative of what might not be the same this summer or look for ways to be more creative with a new perspective. What remains constant is OCA’s dedication to our members and their livelihoods. We are pleased to be staffed in the OCA office again with the announcement of several new team members hired recently and they have already begun serving you in their daily work. These new hires bring a variety of experiences and expertise to their roles that will bring a fresh look and feel to many OCA programs. There is continued work by OCA staff and its Directors to mitigate the cattle market issues exposed by COVID-19 and the considerable discrepancies that exist between producer receipts and boxed beef prices. During the week of June 8, we sent a letter on behalf of OCA to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue sharing our unrest over two major issues related to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) payments to beef producers. First, the window of covered loss needs to be adjusted from the current January 1-April 15, 2020 to more accurately reflect the true period of loss, which is more aligned with March 1 – present. Secondly, the $33/head payment doesn’t come close to reflecting the true economic loss to cattle producers in Ohio and across the country. Both items need to become more aligned with reality to make CFAP more useful to cattle producers. On June 16 the executive committee team met in person at the OCA office to discuss the strategic plan for the next several years. Focus items included ways to better serve members, remain relevant in a digital age while continuing to serve conventional communication avenues and having more boots on the ground in key beef cattle regions of the state. We are excited about the ideas that surfaced during this session and we look forward to rolling out new and increased focus in these program areas in the coming months and years. The Gala Planning committee met on June 16 and is preparing for several updates to the Ohio Cattlemen’s Gala set for August 29, 2020. One of those changes is the location for the Gala. It will be held at The Pavilion at Orchard View in Stoutsville, Ohio. Save this date on your calendar, register and join us for a night of fun and fellowship to support the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation Youth Scholarship Fund, benefiting the next generation of beef industry leaders. We are a member focused organization and it is in our best interest to continue to find more members. Membership can be completed via the OCA website at ohiocattle. org or with a phone call to the OCA office at 614-873-6736. This magazine is sent to the membership list and we would like to grow that list with your help. Give your neighbor a call or send a text reminder to someone who should be a member of OCA while sharing the many good reasons why membership is important. As our world continues to change in unforeseen ways, I rest assured knowing that cattle producers are some of the most resilient and withstanding people on Earth. If there is a challenge, we will find solutions to sustain our livelihoods and persist.

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OCA News OCA & OBC WELCOMES NEW STAFF ASHLEY DENTINGER Manager of Consumer Programs & Digital Marketing

HANNA FOSBRINK Manager of Communications & Managing Editor

ALEX RYAN Manager of Member Services

Ashley Dentinger of Anna, Ohio was recently hired as the Manager of Consumer Programs and Digital Marketing for the Ohio Beef Council. She is a graduate of Ohio Northern University where she was a duel major in marketing and public relations with a minor in social media. Her family operates a row crop operation and in high school she was actively involved in FFA, serving as a member of the officer team for the Anna High School FFA. More recently, Dentinger served as the Corporate Affairs Communications intern for the Marathon Petroleum Corporation in Findlay. While in college she was president of the university’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA).

Hanna Fosbrink of Wilmington, Ohio was recently hired as the Manager of Communications and Managing Editor for the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and the Ohio Beef Council. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University where she was an Agricultural Communication major with a minor in Agribusiness. She has a 4-H and FFA background, receiving her American FFA Degree in 2017. Since 2018 Fosbrink has served as the Communications and Marketing intern for Ohio Grape Industries at the Ohio Department of Agriculture. While in college she was actively involved in the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow Club.

Alex Ryan of Springfield, Ohio was recently hired as the Manager of Member Services for OCA. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University with degrees in Agribusiness and Applied Economics, Animal Sciences and International Studies, and a minor in Music. In addition, Ryan is currently completing a master’s in International Law and Trade from Yale University.

Through this position Dentinger will execute checkoff-funded marketing programs and engage with Ohio’s consumers to strengthen the demand for beef.

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Fosbrink’s responsibilities include execution of OCA’s internal and external communications efforts. This includes, among other responsibilities, the production of the Ohio Cattleman magazine, press releases, and management of the association’s website and social media properties.

Raised in Clark County, Ryan participated in 4-H and currently serves as a 4-H volunteer for the county. In 2019 he was the member services intern for OCA and has assisted at BEST shows and other association events. In addition, Ryan has worked as a legal aide for the law firm of Lagos and Lagos of Springfield. Ryan’s long-term goal is to pursue a law degree. Ryan’s responsibilities include development and implementation of OCA’s membership marketing program and member services. Ryan will also plan producer education programs through the Cattlemen’s Academy and other revenue development activities including advertising sales for the association.




Visit www.ohiocattle.org for a complete list of events JULY 1 Fall Internship Application Deadline 27-30 NCBA Summer Business Meeting - Aurora, CO 30-31

Ohio Youth Livestock Expo Beef Show - Darke County Fairgrounds, Greenville, Ohio


Ohio Youth Livestock Expo Beef Show - Darke County Fairgrounds, Greenville, Ohio


Cattlemen’s Gala Celebration & Fundraiser



Alexandra (Lexi) Maurer is serving as the summer intern for the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and Ohio Beef Council. She is the daughter of Ken and Colleen Maurer of Stark County, where she grew up showing dairy and beef cattle at various levels of competition. Maurer is a student at the University of Findlay, where she is studying Animal Sciences with minors in Business Management and Marketing. Maurer plans to graduate in the spring of 2021.

Libby Strine is serving as a summer intern for the Ohio Beef Council and the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association. The daughter of Doug and Kara Strine from Marion County, she grew up raising and exhibiting market steers at the county and state level and was an active member of FFA and 4-H for many years. Strine attends The Ohio State University, where she majors in Community Development and Leadership, and plans to graduate in Spring of 2023.

Her main responsibilities will include writing farmer features for the beef council website and assisting in the coordination of various events, including the Cattlemen’s Gala.

During her time as an intern, Strine will assist in the planning, coordination and execution of events and programs including writing and photography for the office websites. She will also be involved in the association’s policy efforts on behalf of its members.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Ohio beef producers and the staff at Ohio Cattlemen’s Association.”

“I am excited to work with and learn from the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, and am grateful for this opportunity to develop in an industry that is as passionate about the work they do as they are the community it serves.”

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OCA Awards Nomination Deadline

Ohio Cattlemen Late Fall Issue Advertising Deadline Farm Science Review

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OCA Replacement Female Sale - Zanesville, Ohio


Ohio Cattlewomen’s Scholarship Application Deadline



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On the Edge of Common Sense By Baxter Black, DVM

TOLERENCE When our opinions get as immovable as a granite outhouse, God has a way of shaking the foundation. I was searching for an artist who could lend just the right feeling to a book I was putting together. I found such a person. He lived in a remote mountain town and had no phone. With the help of the local postmistress and several letters, he agreed to illustrate my book. Besides his unique artistic style, he was a good cowboy. Over the months of correspondence and our occasional visits on his local pay phone, I developed a genuine liking and respect for him. We agreed to meet at the Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada. I arrived Thursday night and began to test the limits of my envelope! I had the makin’s of a personal best brewing when I spied an old friend, a big man whose effort had done much to promote cowboy poetry. I shook his hand warmly. It was then I noticed he was wearing a little short ponytail. I was overcome! I dressed him down for his uncowboy fashion statement and finished by removing the decorative ribbon binding his furry polyp! Just then I felt a tap on the shoulder. I turned and a young man reached to shake my hand. He was decked out in his buckaroo finest. He introduced himself and remarked that he enjoyed my work. He explained that he was an actor. As he talked, I focused on his earring. Earring! I became incensed! I lectured him on manly pride and ended up trying to bite off his earlobe! In retrospect it occurred to me that I might have overreacted. Fortunately these good fellows merely escaped my grasp rather than permanently disfigure me. The next day I was walking through the crowd when I heard a voice call my name. I turned. A hand pressed into mine and the voice said, “Hi, I’m yer new artist!” He had blond hair braided into a pigtail that reached his waist. Eight, count’em eight! Earrings decorated his left ear! I was dumbfounded! He continued, “I’d like you to meet my wife.” I looked to his side where an attractive woman stood wearing a bowler hat and a gold ring in her nose! Looking back, I suspect God set me up. He said to himself, this boy needs a lesson in tolerance. He was right. I was due. I’ve learned that a closed mind is like lookin’ at the world with one eye closed. I guess we could use a dowse of kindness and understanding in our nation’s capitol…Washington, (sorry George), D.C.

Dates to Remember: NCBA Summer Business Meeting

July 27-30 Aurora, CO

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Forage Corner Christine Gelley, OSU Extension, Fairfield County

REPLACING “JUNK” FORAGE WITH “QUALITY” FORAGE Do these comments sound familiar to you?: “I really need to do something with that junk pasture this year.” “The bales off that hayfield are junk. I’m going to reseed it.” Issues with “junk forage” can include low yields, weed encroachment, and low-quality feed value. Forage growers tend to lament over junk forage two of the four seasons of the year. One is the summer, when their hay equipment is running, their animals are grazing and the forage is right in front of their eyes. The other is winter, when forage is in short supply, quality issues are leading to low animal productivity, and when pastures look more like mud spas. The time to make progress on correcting the factors that lead to junk forage is primarily in spring and fall. Summer is the season for evaluation and making plans for improvement. Before implementing solutions for that junk forage, understanding what factors contributed to stand decline is crucial. One of the first solutions often considered is reseeding the field. Reseeding could be one of the solutions for turning pastures around, but if you give it more thought, there could be other factors to address. Before committing to reseeding, make sure you have completed a recent soil test and made corrections for pH and nutrients. In many cases, applying lime and/ or fertilizer can yield quicker and more economical results than reseeding. If adjustments are necessary and you still think reseeding is a good idea, choose a forage that will survive in the soil you have now. In general, it takes ag lime six months to effectively raise soil pH. Sites that have overly acidic or overly

alkaline soils often have issues with weeds as well as reduced yields. Correcting soil fertility and pH in combination with leaving adequate forage stubble after haying or grazing will improve the ability of established forages to compete with weeds. Overgrazing and/or mowing too short will stress forage regrowth. Identifying the weeds in your forage stands and using an integrated approach for control that includes addressing soil health, forage regrowth, and appropriate herbicides has the potential to be more effective than reseeding. Forage quality is an attribute that is tied to forage stand composition, soil fertility and forage variety, but the most important factor is maturity of the plant. Whether the forage is harvested through grazing or mechanized means, it should be harvested before it develops seed to yield the best nutritional quality. As plants mature, quality is reduced, but yield increases. Managers should make every effort possible to balance good quality forage with good yields. Poor harvest timing is a common cause of “junk forage.” After considering current site management, decide whether you should reseed, what to use, and how to get it accomplished. For perennial forages, fall seeding is often preferred to spring because weed competition is reduced. Most perennial forages should be planted in mid-august in Ohio for best success. Annual forages will only last for a short time but can increase the flexibility of your operation or serve as a cover crop while you decide on the next crop. Summer annuals like sorghum-sudangrass or teffgrass can be seeded as late as mid-July. Winter annuals like rye, wheat and triticale can be planted in mid-august for fall and/or

spring grazing or wet wrapped as baleage or chopped for silage. Brassica crops like turnips and radishes can be seeded at the same time, intercropped with other annuals or perennials or on their own and provide good grazing into late fall and early winter. Spring oats can also be incorporated for the same time frame. Shop for improved seed varieties for best performance. New varieties are released each year. Reliable and proven seed will come with a detailed seed tag and source information. Avoid seed labeled “VNS”, which stands for “variety not stated.” When it comes to site preparation and seeding, consider the size of your seed and the uniformity of the soil surface. If you intend to broadcast the seed, terminate existing forages, till and drag the soil and make sure the seedbed is firm. This will allow good seed to soil contact that is critical for uniform germination. Drilling into existing cover is another option, which is preferred for seed that will be sown on highly erodible soils or needs to be placed deeper into the soil profile. Ground cover should be suppressed by close grazing and/or herbicide application before drilling the seed. Whatever means you use to sow the forage, always take the time to inspect the machinery, calibrate it for the seed you are using and test a small area before pouring all the seed into the hopper. One of the most common causes of stand failure is seeding too deep or at the improper rate, which can usually be corrected during calibration. For additional help with forage management and establishment, consult the Ohio Agronomy Guide, Chapters 7 & 9 or your local extension educator.

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OHIO HEIFER CENTER FOCUSES ON ENVIORNMENTAL STEWARDSHIP, RESEARCH AND SUSTAINABILITY Story & Photos by Amy Beth Graves “An ordinary dairy farm doing extraordinary things.” It’s a phrase general manager Paul Detwiler uses several times during a lengthy tour of the STgenetics® Ohio Heifer Center, owned by STgenetics®, a leader in sexed semen and embryo production for cattle with labs and research facilities worldwide. Located in South Charleston, the STgenetics® Ohio Heifer Center has a high-tech feed tracking system, comprehensive manure recycling system and robotic milkers. “Sustainability and environmental stewardship are important to us, and our goal is to use and re-use every part of our operation and keep it on our property,” Detwiler said. “Our commitment to environmental stewardship encompasses not just our manure management program but how we raise our animals, starting with the birth of that calf. We need to have a healthy animal and a healthy environment to have a healthy business.” From the start, the STgenetics® Ohio Heifer Center has been both a healthy and unique operation. Ten years ago, STgenetics® purchased the Ohio Feedlot, which was then the country’s largest indoor beef cattle feedlot with eight finishing barns 12 | Ohio Cattleman | Summer Issue 2020

each 1,400 feet long. Also known as Sexing Technologies®, the company used the barns to raise and breed dairy heifers before they were exported to Turkey and Russia. More than 30,000 pregnant dairy animals were exported over a span of four years with the last shipment in August 2014. “The export market for bred heifers is a feast or famine business model and in 2013 we decided it was time to transition to an operational dairy farm and create a research and development center,” Detwiler said. “So much research that’s done (by others) today is based on what funding is available and that can be relatively small scale. We wanted to do it in house, with increased data points for higher reliability, and focus on projects that are important to us and our customers.” Over the last few years, the company has worked at upgrading the barns for the dairy cows, heifers and calves as well as adding a multi-million dollar manure recycling system, which quickly paid for itself -- the STgenetics® Ohio Heifer Center has greatly reduced their monthly expenditure for bedding materials by recycling, composting and reusing. “Our environmental stewardship pro-

gram is focused on reusing the resources we have,” Detwiler said. “We have chosen to house our animals in a bedding pack environment because that creates the highest welfare standard. Our animals are clean and can move around freely. All of our bedding is 1 to 2 feet in depth with the top 3 inches removed on a regular basis multiple times a week. The old bedding, which consists of straw and sawdust, goes to the manure recycling barn for composting and drying. A rotary drum dryer dries the manure, the heat source provided by a gasifier which runs on manure, reducing the amount of moisture from 55% to 25%. This heating process not only creates a dry, clean reusable bedding material, it is also pathogen free! “We also have vacuum trucks that collect liquid manure on the concrete alley walkways every day and transport the manure to the liquid processing center which has two manure presses that separate the fiber from the liquid manure. In the manure processing area are three pits. One holds the liquid manure dumped from the vacuum trucks being mixed with wastewater for processing. A second pit holds the water pressed from the fiber before it’s transitioned back

“IT’S OUR RESPONSIBILITY AS AN INDUSTRY TO BE PROACTIVE IN LEADING OUR EFFORTS TO DEVELOP MORE EFFICIENT ANIMALS AND HERDS.” to the manure pond while a third pit sits empty.” Detwiler explained that the hope is there will eventually be an effective filtration system that can separate the water from the nutrients and be clean enough to create drinkable water for cattle. “We built this facility with the intention of taking advantage of a new process when it eventually develops,” he said. “The current technology is too expensive or involves the use of chemicals.” A key focus of the STgenetics® Ohio Heifer Center is tracking and improving the effectiveness of the company’s EcoFeed® program, which looks at animals’ feed conversion rates to help determine which ones will produce more with less feed. STgenetics® EcoFeed® index is a feed conversion index that encompasses the environmental, metabolic and genomic factors affecting dairy cattle profitability through the evaluation of sires’ progeny to rank females based on their ability to efficiently convert feed energy into a product. Because feed represents 51% of a dairy’s total operating cost, being able to reduce the amount of feed daily adds up quickly, Detwiler said. But it’s more than economics -- an animal that eats less, produces less methane. “This ties into our environmental stewardship and sustainability goals,” he said. “If you create a herd that’s more efficient on the intake, then it’s more efficient on the outtake -- less in, less out. It’s our responsibility as an industry to be proactive in leading our efforts to develop more efficient animals and herds.” Detwiler, who worked for 20 years in AI sales prior to joining STgenetics®, said genomics has been an important part of the dairy industry for years and has a lot of potential for the beef industry.

“The genomic test is only as accurate as the size of the database, and the Holstein dairy base is extremely accurate because they were early adapters,” he said. “Genomic testing can be a very integral part of the heifer and replacement program. With the advancement of genomics in dairy, farmers are more sophisticated in how they manage the female population. If a farmer needs 300 new females yearly and produces 600 females a year, it’s important to have the correct tools to evaluate which 300 should come into production, and genomic testing allows you to make these management decisions sooner.” STgenetics® is in the process of finalizing a mobile calf management software program called FarmFit™ that tracks the health information and treatment protocols for each calf. This smart bolus takes internal body temperature readings and helps with animal welfare. “The smart bolus is the latest example of how we focus on animals that need our attention. When you enter a pen of 20 calves and have the internal temperature data in front of you, you can focus on the one calf that has a fever but may be asymptomatic and needs intervention. By identifying her early, it opens up avenues for us to use nontraditional treatment protocols,” Detwiler said. “The FarmFit program allows us to diagnose a calf earlier than we could before, improves overall calf comfort, helps with work-flow when our calf team is out in different barns and creates a traceability for each animal which is what we see consumers asking for.” “A new research project deals with the calves and is modeled after the natural beef mother cow process”, Detwiler said. Shortly after birth at the STgenetics® Ohio Heifer Center, the calves have traditional-

ly been isolated until they’re 3 weeks old, which is when their natural body immunity is strong enough to handle socialization. “Mother cows provide frequent small meals after birth, which helps eliminate things like scours. Our current experiment is to transition the animals immediately after colostrum and provide them access to milk at a very early age just like the mother cow does. By having that calf at a high plane of intake, it’s able to feed itself through metabolic issues,” he said. Milking cows is also an integral part of the STgenetics® Ohio Heifer Center and is the final data point for the EcoFeed score. In 2016, STgenetics started milking cows in a small parlor and three years later, the company opened its robotic milking line. Today, 800 cows are milked by 16 robots with each cow deciding when it’s ready to be milked. While the cow is being milked, it receives a measured amount of feed. The robot determines how many times a cow can visit based on her milk production, with some high producing animals gaining permission to the robot 6 times per day. With 65 full- and part-time employees, the STgenetics® Ohio Heifer Center may be a big operation but it’s still able to individualize care for each animal as well as focus on the environment. STgenetics® and the STgenetics® Ohio Heifer Center were recently honored as recipients of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Environmental Stewardship award. “We were surprised and pleased that our dairy farm would be recognized by the Ohio Cattlemen’s,” said Detwiler as he walked past the plaque hanging in the front office. “We’re always evolving and always evaluating processes to improve our animal welfare, sustainability and environmental stewardship and this was a great honor.”

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Beef Briefs IN MEMORIAM Keith Moore, 82, of Decatur, Ohio, passed away April 29, 2020. He was a farmer and a US Army veteran. Moore was born in 1937 in Brown County, graduated high school in 1955 and attended The Ohio State University. Following one year of college, he was drafted into the US Army and spent six months in Korea before being honorably discharged. After World War II, his parents bought and moved to a farm in Decatur, Ohio where his father bought him a Shorthorn heifer. He then got involved in 4-H and showed his first heifer at the Brown County Fair in 1946. In 1996, the Brown County Fair Board presented Moore with an award for completing his 50th consecutive year of showing at the fair. Upon completion of his service, Moore started building a Shorthorn herd and showed on the county fair circuit, at the Ohio State Fair and participated in state and district sales. In the early 1970’s, Moore worked for the Ohio Shorthorn Breeders Association as the organization’s secretary and fieldman where he traveled the state representing the association and managed many sales in Ohio and surrounding states. Over the next few years, he worked for the American Shorthorn Association, Shorthorn Country magazine and worked with the Kentucky State Fair Board to help create North American International Livestock Exposition. In 1981, he returned to full-time farming where he raised tobacco and managed his Shorthorn herd. In 1988, the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association started the Ohio Beef Expo and Moore was appointed as the Ohio Shorthorn Association representative to the Expo breeds committee where he still served until his passing. Outside of farming, Moore enjoyed attending Eastern Local basketball games and supported youth activities throughout Brown County. He was also active in the Decatur Community Church. He is survived by his wife, Alberta Moore; two sons, Scott and Stuart Moore:

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and one daughter, Mande Payton; four grandchildren and one great grandchild. Memorial contributions may be made to the Decatur Cemetery, c/o Byrd Township Trustees, 5255 State Route 763, Ripley, OH 45167 or the Decatur Community Center. Herbert “Herb” Litt, 83, of Lexington, Ohio passed away June 20, 2020. He was born in 1936 in Knox County and graduated high school in 1954 where he was active in FFA and served as Ohio FFA Vice President. In 1957 he married Margaret Williams. They lived and worked on the Wonderknoll Farms and Diamond L Livestock Farm for over 60 years raising grain and livestock. For more than 50 years, the family exhibited Shorthorn and Simmental beef cattle, Jersey dairy cattle, Yorkshire and Duroc hogs, Suffolk and Hampshire sheep and various other livestock at county fairs across Ohio, at the Ohio State Fair and Ohio Beef Expo as well as several national shows. Herb won numerous national livestock championships and enjoyed the many friendships he made on that circuit. In addition to farming, Herb worked at Tappan Stove, and Westinghouse White Consolidated, Electrolux for 40 years until his retirement from White Consolidated. He served as a consultant for the Rinehart Stock Farm and the Lazy H Simmental Farm, and served as a beef cattle judge for various breeds at many county fairs in Ohio and state and national livestock

shows. Herb served as a 4-H advisor for 38 years and trained the Ohio Jr. Simmental Quiz Teams, as well as provided adult support for the Northmor FFA. He touched the lives of hundreds of 4-H, FFA and Jr. Simmental members over the years Herb attended The Pines Christian Church and was active in various organizations including Williamsport Grange, Morrow County Cattlemen’s Association, Morrow County Farm Bureau, Ohio and National Shorthorn and Simmental Associations, and Ohio Cattleman’s Association. For 16 years, Herb served as a Troy Township Trustee. He is survived by his wife Margaret Litt; their children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and numerous other family members and close friends. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Missions of The Pines Christian Church or the Morrow County 4-H program.


Dr. Benjamin Bohrer will be joining the department in August as an Assistant Professor. He previously worked at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada in the Department of Food Science. Bohrer, originally from Ohio, completed his university education focusing on meat science and muscle biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he received his doctorate in 2016. Prior to this, he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Ohio State University. Research themes of Bohrer’s lab will include numerous aspects of the meat science and technology spectrum including live animal growth and development, carcass evaluation, fresh meat fabrication and quality assessment, manufacture and evaluation of further processed meat products and advancements of value-added protein foods.


Dr. Jessica Pempek will be joining the department in July as an Assistant Professor and Animal Welfare Specialist. Pempek was raised in Ohio and is a fourth-generation beef cattle producer. One of her early passions was caring for livestock. This passion led to her to pursue graduate school and study animal welfare science at The Ohio State University in the Department of Animal Sciences where her research focused on improving the early-life environment for dairy calves. She then went on to conduct postdoctoral research in the College of Veterinary Medicine Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine where she expanded her research focus to include the veal industry. Pempek’s research in the department will focus on understanding the relationship between housing and management practices and animal health, welfare and behavior. The goals of her extension program will be to engage with Ohio youth to help them learn more about animal welfare, and help producers implement and assure best housing and management practices as animal welfare science continues to evolve.

Dr. Lyda Garcia with The Ohio State University’s Department of Animal Sciences received the Educator Award presented by the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA). This distinguished criterionbased award is to recognize educators whose efforts represent the very best in agricultural higher education. NACTA is professional society that focuses on the scholarship of teaching and learning agriculture and related disciplines at the postsecondary level. Its mission is to: 1. Provide for all post-secondary teachers of agriculture a forum for discussion of questions and issues relating to the professional advancement of agricultural discussion 2. Seek improvement in the postsecondary teaching of agriculture through examination and discussion of courses and curricula, teaching and testing techniques, facilities and materials 3. Encourage, promote and reward instructional excellence in agriculture and the research supporting this instruction.

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Your Beef Checkoff Dollars at Work Investing in Beef Safety, Nutrition and Promotion LET’S TACO BOUT’ BEEF - CINCO DE MAYO BLOGGER CAMPAIGN

To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, the Ohio Beef Council and the Beef Checkoff teamed up with six of Ohio’s beef bloggers to “Taco Bout’ Beef ” through recipe and blog creations. These fiesta-inspired recipes were developed to fit various budgets and consumer taste palates. The crafted recipes were then shared on the bloggers’ websites and the Ohio Beef Council’s social media where they garnered over 13,600 views and 1,025 shares. The shared content also included key messages, graphics and video on beef health and nutrition and cattle farming and farmers.

1,457 visitors to the ohiobeef.org website. In total, the videos were able to reach 629,922 consumers.


Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner launched a new campaign in early July, “United We Steak,” that encouraged Americans to stand behind the grill, hoist up their tongs and join in a delicious celebration. Because beef is what’s for dinner and dinner with beef is always a great way to celebrate. The campaign features an interactive site allowing consumers to discover regional recipes and meet local members of the beef community.


Over the last 13 months, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), a contractor the Beef Checkoff, has submitted 21 sets of public comments and more than 100 research studies in support of beef ’s role in a healthy diet to the 20202025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee (DGAC). Recognizing that the forthcoming 2020 – 2025 DGAs will be the first set of guidelines to include recommendations for infants and young children from birth to 24-months of age, NCBA also submitted comments about the critical role of beef in growth and development. Beef is especially important as a highquality source of iron for pregnant woman, infants, adolescent girls and women of childbearing age. The DGAC shared its draft conclusions during a Draft Advisory Report Meeting held June 17. The final DGAC report will be released in midJuly. On August 11, the USDA and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will hear oral comments from the public on the DGAC advisory report, with the final DGAs expected at the end of the year.


When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the Beef Checkoff made immediate adjustments to their marketing campaigns to respond to consumers’ needs and lifestyle changes. With three out of four consumers under stay-at-home orders, OBC established an “At Home with Beef ” video series. The three videos garnered over 751,672 impressions and drove 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 • Erin Stickel, Bowling Green, Vice Chairman • Stan Smith, Canal Winchester, Treasurer • Henry Bergfeld, Summitville • Mike Carper, Delaware • Dave Felumlee, Newark • Lou Ellen Harr, Jeromesville • Becky Reed, Springfield • Sam Roberts, South Charleston • Allan Robison, Cable • Bev Roe, Hamilton • Garth Ruff, Napoleon Bill Sexten, Washington C.H. • Kurt Steiner, Creston • Barb Watts, Alexandria • Elizabeth Harsh, Executive Director 16 | Ohio Cattleman | Summer Issue 2020

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From Farm to Plate BLYSTONE FARM HAS IT ALL -- CATTLE, PROCESSING PLANT, RESTAURANT AND RETAIL STORE Story & Photos by Amy Beth Graves “Let’s go see the babies,” the woman said as she and her young daughter walked hand-in-hand from the steps of the retail butcher shop to the pasture. The two laughed at the black heifers racing through the field before picking up their bag of fresh Angus ground beef and steak and walking a few steps to their car. This moment is one that Joe and Jane Blystone have seen played out many times over the years at their family operation in Canal Winchester. For the couple, educating the public about where their food comes from is as important as raising their cattle at their 83-acre Blystone Farm.  “A lot of farmers are conservative and just want to farm and be left alone but if we’re not talking about how we raise our food, somebody else from the other side is going to do it. We need to be the ones out there talking about our livelihoods,” Joe said.  With consumers increasingly removed from the farm, some are eager to see the Angus mix cattle up close, learn about the different cuts of meat and try out new recipes. The Blystones work hard to educate their customers about the cattle they 18 | Ohio Cattleman | Summer Issue 2020

raise, highlighting the transparency of their cow-calf operation located just a few feet from the couple’s butcher shop. The couple doesn’t bat an eye when a customer comes in and asks if they know a cow has wandered into the parking lot. “Yeah, that’s Rosie. She’s looking for a snack,” laughed Jane. The couple married in 2010 after Joe lost his wife, Rebecca, to cancer. Rebecca’s family, the Harrisons, had farmed the land for generations and was raising sheep at the time with the animals slaughtered in an on-site meat processing facility with the meat sold to ethnic populations in nearby Columbus. After her death, Joe decided to change the operation from sheep to cattle. Today, the Blystones have about a 70-head cow-calf operation that consists of Angus typically crossed with Simmental and sometimes Wagyu. “I always liked cattle and thought selling beef would be a good way to broaden our business,” Joe said. Jane, who has a bakery background and once owned a local coffee shop in Canal Winchester, worked with her husband on mapping out a business that would draw from their

expertise and experience. “I was born an entrepreneur and need to work for myself. When I met Joe, it was the perfect match,” Jane said.  Over the years, the couple has added a bakery, retail store, full-scale restaurant, tap room and event center, which has become a popular wedding venue. They have about 50 full- and part-time employees. The Blystones feed out what they raise on the farm and also purchase some local feeders. They keep 40 to 60 animals on feed at all times and harvest about two a week. Customers can purchase small cuts of fresh or frozen meat as well as whole or half animals. The couple support the Ohio livestock industry by purchasing almost exclusively from Ohio-based companies except for the more exotic cuts like bison and elk. For example, additional cuts of beef as well as pork comes from Heffelfinger Meats in Jeromesville, Wagyu beef from Westerville-based Sakura Wagyu Farms and chicken from Gerber’s in Kidron. They also support local farms by selling fresh items like eggs and honey.  Last year, the family started its non-profit Blystone Agricultural Com-

munity initiative with a goal of hosting field trips from local schools to teach the younger generation about where their food comes from and how farmers take care of their animals. Agricultural education is important to Joe who started selling his beef to the local school district only to have it halted because of additional food safety protocols required by the large company overseeing the school system’s food services. Joe’s working on completing the required food safety audit and paperwork, saying it’s important for fresh meat to be offered to students. “We meet all the USDA guidelines but this company goes above and beyond them,” he said. “Small packers like myself while we understand why (these companies) have all these hoops to go through, we have to pay for the audits and they can be astronomical.” Blystone Farm’s location in rapidly growing Canal Winchester and just 20 minutes from downtown Columbus is ideal.  “A lot of young families live in Canal Winchester and they’re looking for healthier options for feeding their family and want to know where their food comes from,” Joe said. “We don’t use any growth enhancers and our standard is to not use any antibiotics unless she needs it – we’re going to be good stewards and not have her suffer.” “We’ve had to educate a lot of people about how giving antibiotics to cows is the same as giving them to a sick child,” Jane

“WE’VE HAD TO EDUCATE A LOT OF PEOPLE ABOUT HOW GIVING ANTIBIOTICS TO COWS IS THE SAME AS GIVING THEM TO A SICK CHILD. THESE COWS ARE LIKE OUR CHILDREN AND WE WORK HARD TO TAKE CARE OF THEM” added. “These cows are like our children and we work hard to take care of them.” Having control over every aspect of his beef operation – from field to processing to plate – is important to Joe. “Our structure works because we’re not selling cattle off the farm. We’re able to control the cost going into the cows and beef going through our store and restaurant,” he said. While Blystone Farm had to shut down the restaurant and event center and lay off employees because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was able to survive, and at times thrive, because of increased demand for meat and prepared meals like meatloaf, Salisbury steak and lasagna and Jane even started making bagels. “While the coronavirus was terrible for the general cattle farmer, it was beneficial for our business because I could control it. Big packing houses closed down or were at 50 percent capacity, which put a burden on local and small processors,” Joe said. “The demand for our beef quadrupled. A normal $5,000 day jumped to $20,000 a day. Some Saturdays there was very little in the meat case because the guys couldn’t

keep up. With our hanging beef, we’re behind about five months.” When it comes to future goals, the most immediate is to get the restaurant, tap room and event center back up to full capacity. Long-term is to increase the size of the farm’s meat processing and cooling facility, which is currently about 1,000 square feet. For Jane, who wasn’t raised on a farm, working with the cattle has been an adventure, especially when the couple heads out West to buy cow-calf pairs.  “I like to hop in the truck and go with him out to Missouri. It’s a whole different world out there for sure with all the dirt roads and 5,000-acre ranches. But then again the last 10 years here have been an adventure for me,” she said.  A self-described workaholic, Joe likes to be outside whenever possible and hang out with the cattle. “I like the peace and tranquility and who doesn’t love calving season,” he said. “I enjoy a good day’s work where I feel like I’ve accomplished something at the end of the day. Some people have hobbies and go golfing. Mine is raising cattle.”

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Breed News AMERICAN ANGUS ASSOCIATION Join the Business Breed in Kansas City, Nov. 7-9 for the American Angus Association’s annual convention. The theme this year will be “Elevate Your Game” and it will be held at the Kansas City Convention Center. The weekend-long event serves as a meeting point for all quality-minded cattle producers from every sector of the cattle supply chain. With a focused lineup of educational sessions, an expansive trade show and world-class food and entertainment, there is truly something for everyone. Before the official start of the convention on Friday, Nov. 6, the Missouri Angus Association will host the National Angus Tour where participants will spend a day exploring the area’s Angus operations and related sites. Attendees will see how beef-producing families have adopted new and creative ways to stay viable, while bringing the next generation of cattlemen into the operation. The convention officially kicks off on Saturday with speaker Jordy Nelson, Super Bowl champion, former Green Bay Packer, Angus cattleman, Kansas State University alumni and Kansas rancher. He will be sharing his unique perspective on taking success to the next level at the Opening General Session. The Angus Genomics Symposium, sponsored by NEOGEN Genomics, features presenters, academic professionals and industry leaders who will explore how producers can apply new ideas to their home operations. The Angus University workshop

sessions sponsored by Zoetis will keep the pace and empower breeders to think outside the box. The Angus Convention trade show highlights a specific group of progressive cattlemen and women focused on improving and sustaining the beef industry. Guests are welcomed by allied industry partners, fellow Angus breeders and others with product offerings to benefit today’s cattle producer on the trade show floor. Registration and hotel reservations open July 1, and more information will be available online at www.angusconvention. com.

OHIO SIMMENTAL ASSOCIATION The Ohio Junior Simmental Association State show will be held August 7-9 at the Wayne County Fairgrounds. This show will replace both the Memorial Day classic and the Ohio State Fair Simmental Show. Entry deadline is July 10, but entries will be accepted after the deadline if there is still space available in the barns.

The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) announced new directors and officers June 8 during the group’s annual meeting and symposium, hosted virtually this year. Joe Mushrush, Strong City, Kansas, was introduced as the 2020-2021 BIF president. Matt Perrier, Eureka, Kansas, is the new vice president. New directors elected to serve on the BIF board were producers John Irvine, Manhattan, Kansas; Troy Marshall, Burlington, Colorado; and Joy Reznicek, West Point, Mississippi. New association representatives elected were Shane Bedwell, American Hereford Association; Kelly Retallick, American Angus Association; and Matt Woolfolk, American Shorthorn Association. Bob Weaber, Kansas State University professor, was announced as the new BIF Executive Director. Weaber will be taking the reins from Jane Parish, Mississippi State University, who served as executive director from 2015-2020.

OHIO HEREFORD ASSOCIATION The Ohio Hereford Futurity show will be held at the Morrow County Fairgrounds in Mt. Gilead, Ohio on September 26 and 27.

OCA AWARDS Nominations are due September 1 and will be presented at the OCA Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet the following January. Be thinking about who you would like to nominate! Go to ohiocattle.org for more information

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Hey County Cattlemen’s Associations, Check This Out!

What is the Beef Families Care Fund? The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact communities across the state in countless ways. It has created market disruptions that have resulted in a backlog of market-ready cattle on many Ohio farms and an increased demand for food banks and other food-relief entities, which have gone unfulfilled. In response to these issues, the Ohio Beef Council (OBC) has established the Beef Families Care Fund (BFCF), a matching program to assist non-profit agricultural groups that are working to provide beef meals and nutrition education to Ohioans in need and encourage beef consumption in local communities

How is it funded? The BFCF is made possible through the Ohio Beef Checkoff Program and will continue through the remainder of 2020 or until all funds have been allocated. This one-time program is a direct result of several pandemic-related event cancellations, including the 2020 Ohio State Fair. OBC has reallocated these beef checkoff resources to assist groups who are providing beef and nutrition education to local food banks, food pantries, soup kitchens and other entities that are helping to feed hungry Ohioans. Matching funds are available to groups and their projects for up to $5,000 per project and entity.

How do I qualify? Funds are designated for non-profit agricultural entities in Ohio, such as county cattlemen’s associations, county Farm Bureaus and local ag-oriented youth groups. Funds can only be used for beef processing expenses, direct beef donations and other related projects as deemed acceptable by the council. The recipients of the beef donations must be charitable, Ohio-based organizations working to address needs in their local communities.

How do I apply? Applications must be submitted prior to the event. An organization may only apply once. An organization’s initiative will be considered based on the application’s alignment with BFCF objectives. Applications will be considered throughout the duration of 2020 or until all funds have been dispersed. Visit ohiobeef.org to learn more and to fill out the application!

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Questions? Please contact Ashley Dentinger at adentinger@ohiobeef.org or (614) 873-6736.

Please patronize these companies that support Ohio’s cattle industry The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Allied Industry Council is a business partnership that supports educational efforts and leadership opportunities geared toward cattlemen to advance Ohio’s beef cattle industry.

ADM Animal Nutrition Dan Meyer 330-466-3281, Kevin Steele 330-465-0962 www.admworld.com Ag Credit David White 419-435-7758 | www.agcredit.net Ag Nation Products Bob and Marie Clapper 1-800-247-3276 | www.agnation.com Ag-Pro Ben Butcher & Jenna Watson 740-653-6951 | www.agprocompanies.com Allflex USA, Inc. Dave McElhaney 724-494-6199 | www.allflexusa.com Alltech Ryan Sorensen 317-219-8651 | www.alltech.com Armstrong Ag & Supply Dean Armstrong | 740-988-5681 Baird Private Wealth Managment Patrick Saunders 740-446-2000 www.patricksaundersfc.com 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 859-236-0400 www.burkmann.com Cargill Animal Nutrition/Sunglo Chris Heslinger 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 CompManagement, 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-OHIO, Tim Pye 912-682-9798 www.dhicoop.com M.H. Eby Inc./Eby Trailers Kirk Swensen & Steve Rittenhouse 614-879-6901 | www.mheby.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 WM. E Fagaly & Son Inc. Ryan Greis & Chris McConnell 513-353-2150 | www.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 Fennig Equipment Gary Fennig 419-953-8500 | www.fenningequipment.com Franklin Equipment Troy Gabriel & Corey Muncy 614-389-2161 | www.franklinequipment.com Heartland Bank Matt Bucklew 614-475-7024, Brian Fracker 740-349-7888, Joel M. Oney 614-475-7024, Chuck Woodson 614-506-0482, Seth Middleton 614-798-8818 | www.heartland.bank Heritage Cooperative Dale Stryffler 330-556-8465; Derek Fauber, David Monnin, Stef Lewis & Allan Robison 914-873-6736 www.heritagecooperative.com Highland Enterprises Curt & Allison Hively 330-457-2033 | www.highlandlivestocksupply.com ImmuCell Corporation Bobbi Brockmann 515-450-2035, Kathy Becher 800-466-2035, Becky Vincent 330-7058755 | www.firstdefensecalfhealth.com Johnson Concrete Livestock Waterers Brad McCormick 402-463-1359 www.johnsonconcreteproducts.com Kalmbach Feeds Jeff Neal 419-356-0128, Kyle Nickles & Cheryl Miller 419-294-3838 www.kalmbachfeeds.com Kent Feeds Patrick Barker 513-315-3833, Joseph Wright 937-213-1168 www.kentfeeds.com Legends Lane Rob Stout 740-924-2691, www.legendslaneet.com McArthur Lumber & Post Stan Nichols 740-596-2551| www.totalfarmandfence.com Mercer Landmark Randy Seeger 419-230-9832, Joe Siegrist 419-305-2451, Travis Spicer 419-733-9915, Chad Knapke 419-733-6434 | www.mercerlandmark.com Merck Animal Health Jake Osborn 937-725-5687 Seth Clark 330-465-2728 www.merck-animal-health-usa.com Multimin USA, Inc. Thomas Carper 540-336-2737 | www.multiminusa.com Murphy Tractor Eric Bischoff, Chad White 614-876-1141 Brent Chauvin & Chris Cron 937-898-4198 www.murphytractor.com Nationwide Insurance www.nationwide.com

New York Life Insurance Erin Stickel 419-344-2716 www.erinstickel.com Ohio CAT Linda Meier, Brian Speelman, Courtney Bush 614-851-3629 | www.ohiocat.com Ohio Cow Hunters Michael Hendren 740-404-3134, Chris Goodwin 740-823-2502, Carlie Milam 304-890-6788 www.ohiocowhunters.com Ohio Soybean Council Jennifer Coleman & Barry McGraw 614-476-3100 | www.soyohio.org PBS Animal Health Bridget Gillogly & Kevin Warrene 1-800-321-0235 | www.pbsanimalhealth.com Priefert Ranch Equipment Corey Hinterer 304-625-1302 www.priefert.com Purina Animal Nutrition Patrick Gunn 317-967-4345, Cy Prettyman 470-360-5538, Kira Morgan 812-480-2715 | www.purinamills.com Quality Liquid Feeds Joe Foster 614-560-5228 | www.qlf.com Reed & Baur Insurance Agency Jim & Paula Rogers 866-593-6688 | www.reedbaurinsurance.com Rod’s Western Palace Eric Seaman 614-262-2512 | www.rods.com Saunders Insurance Agency John Saunders, Scott Saunders, Brett Steinback 740-446-0404 saundersins.com ST Genetics Aaron Arnett 614-947-9931 | www.stgen.com Straight A’s Nikki McCarty 330-868-1182 | www.ranchcity.com Sunrise Co-op, Inc. Phil Alstaetter 937-575-6780 | www.sunriseco-op.com Umbarger Show Feeds Jackson Umbarger 317-422-5195, Eric King 419-889-7443 | www.umbargerandsons.com United Producers, Inc. Sam Roberts, Bill Tom, Hayley Maynard 1-800-456-3276 | www.uproducers.com Vytelle, LLC Michael Bishop 608-345-1822, Jarod Knock 605-881-2375, Taylor Grussing 605-680-9504 www.vytelle.com Weaver Leather Livestock Angela Kain & Lisa Shearer 330-674-1782 Karli Mast 330-674-1782 www.weaverleather.com The Wendt Group Kevin Wendt 614-626-7653, Dale Evans 260894-0458, Nick Cummings 740-572-0756, Tyler Wilt 740-572-1249, Wesley Black 740572-1670 | www.thewendtgroup.com For information about joining OCA’s Allied Industry Council, call the OCA Office 614.873.6736 or visit www.ohiocattle.org.

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OCA News REPLACEMENT FEMALE SALE PLANNED Join us for the eighth annual Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) Replacement Female Sale on Friday, November 27 at 6:00 p.m. at the Muskingum Livestock Facility in Zanesville. This is an event for buyers and sellers of beef breeding cattle that provides an opportunity to meet the need for quality replacements in the state. 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 proven to be popular with potential buyers. Consignments may include cowcalf pairs, bred cows and bred heifers. Females must be under the age of five as of January 1, 2021 and may be of registered or commercial background. Bred females must be bred to a bull with known EPD’s and calves at side of cows must be sired by a bull with

known EPD’s. Pregnancy status must be verified by an accredited veterinarian through traditional palpation, ultrasound or by blood testing through a professional laboratory. Analysis must be performed within 60 days of sale. Consignments will also be fulfilling specific health requirements. Be sure to evaluate the body condition of potential sale animals and make nutritional adjustments to the animal’s diet in anticipation of a late November sale date. A Body

Condition Score in the 5-6 range on a 9-point scale at sale time is a good goal to strive to achieve. Consignments for the sale are due to the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association by October 1, 2020. You can find the consignment form on our website or contact the office at 614-873-6736 for more information. If you have questions about the sale, contact John Grimes, sale manager, 937-763-6000 or john@maplecrestfarms.com.

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The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the challenges we face in the cattle markets and elevated conversations about solutions to the national stage. NCBA leadership understands that these conversations, and any future solutions, will have a long-term effect on the livelihoods of our members and the future of their farms, ranches and feedlots. That’s why we are working hard to make sure we promote the right solutions, to protect the industry from unintended consequences. There is a great deal of sensitivity and emotions surrounding Senator Grassley’s bill, and we know it is particularly difficult because NCBA policy differs from the policies in place in some states. The NCBA Cattle Marketing Working Group is working diligently to address the need for better price discovery, through our grassroots policy process. We are committed to working through these issues and allowing everyone who wants a say the opportunity to weigh in. We know we won’t always agree, but we want to make sure the industry engages in the conversation before there is a decision about how to best move ahead. The cattle industry is very complex and not all cattle are the same. For years we produced “commodity cattle,” the market for which is based on the production of pounds rather than quality. These cattle come in all colors and sizes, some with horns, some without, and there is little reason to focus on the characteristics consumers value because producers are paid by live animal weight, not carcass quality.   In fact, for most of the cattle industry’s history, quality was not a factor in the 26 | Ohio Cattleman | Summer Issue 2020

decisions being made by cattle producers. For instance, from 1980 to about 2000 the industry operated on a cash basis. During this period, pounds were the primary factor informing production decisions. The prevailing attitude was “this is the beef we’re producing, so just eat it.” But we reached a point in time when the consumer didn’t eat it. Demand through the 1980s and early 1990s plummeted. During this time, beef demand was cut in half and the industry lost 400,000 producers because no one was making money. To find profit opportunities, commodity producers must find ways to differentiate themselves. That’s why coffee producers from every region in the world work to distinguish their beans and that’s why beef producers have worked toward branding and alliance programs. This need became very clear for cattle feeders, stocker operators, and cow-calf producers who were in the declining demand market from 1980-2000. In the mid-90s, leaders in the industry began to take note and make the changes that led to the system we have today. When we started listening to the consumer, we found out they wanted better quality, more consistent beef with less external fat. In response, cattle producers built a new system of value-added programs to reward the cattle producers who were providing what consumers desired. The beef industry began to focus on improving the genetic qualities of our cattle. The checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance program was created to help resolve some quality issues. The industry conducted the first-ever National Beef Quality Audit. We focused on improving our national cattle herd, and as a result, we improved the quality of our beef and consumers began to respond to higher quality and a little advertising campaign known as “Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner.” turned the tide for our industry. The improvements made by beef producers cost money. The industry made

investments in better bulls, better feeding programs, the increased use of preventative vaccines, weaning programs, etc., so the industry needed to find a way to both incentivize the adoption of these practices and pay the producers who implemented them and allow them to manage the risk these increased input costs created. Every segment of the business worked to put Alternative Marketing Arrangements in place to help manage risk and ensure they received payment for these increased costs. These alternatives to the cash market came in the form of rewards or premiums for carcass and yield grade improvements being made by cow-calf and feedlot operations. The cattle industry saw a major rebound in beef demand in the U.S. and globally as we became focused on delivering the highest quality product in the history of the industry. If this clear signal is lost or is no longer clear because “all cattle are equal” in a cash-based system, it’s just a matter of time before the product quality starts to slip and consumer demand does too. The popularity of marketing cattle through alternative marketing agreements means fewer cattle are being traded on the cash or spot market, the trading price of which is generally used to set the base for the price of fed cattle in any given week. With fewer cattle trading, there is concern that the base cash price is not a truly representative value for the cattle trading hands in any given week. In addition, the cattle trading in the cash market tend to be highly regionalized, with larger quantities of cattle trading in the cash market in the Upper Midwest, in states like Iowa, Illinois, and portions of Nebraska. In states like Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, more cattle are traded through alternative marketing agreements, resulting in only about 20 percent of the cattle trading hands in any given week in the cash or spot markets. (Continued on page 28)


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News From OSU’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Enviornmental Sciences There’s a bit of good news for Ohio farmers to counter the bad news caused by COVID-19, as well as by last year’s historic rain. In counties scheduled for property value updates in 2020—about half of Ohio’s 88 counties—the average value of farmland enrolled in the Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) program should be about 40% lower than 2017–2019, or about $665 per acre. That’s according to projections by researchers at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). The same projections say that in counties due for property value updates in 2021—another quarter of Ohio’s counties—average CAUV values should be about 25% less than 2018–2020, or about $760 per acre. The declines should mean lower property taxes, on average, for most of the farmers in those counties. The projections were published in a May report by postdoctoral researcher Robert Dinterman and Ani Katchova, associate professor and farm income enhancement chair, both of CFAES’ Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics. “Less money paid in property tax will help reduce farmers’ costs and allow them to keep a greater share of the revenues they bring in,” Dinterman said. But he noted that CAUV values are “not exactly equal to the property tax someone will pay.” A farm’s total property tax bill, he said, also depends on how many taxing jurisdictions the land is subject to and the tax rate, or millage rate, within those jurisdictions. There could “certainly be a few cases where an agricultural landowner sees a large reduction in their CAUV value but has a corresponding increase in their millage rate and ends up paying the same in property taxes,” Dinterman said.

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NCBA News (Continued from page 26) The result is a concern that fed cattle prices are not transparent or reflective of the actual value of cattle in any given week because the average volume of cattle trading hands continues to decline. That means the market is challenged to find new ways to ensure producers can price their cattle appropriately. One of the options on the table to increase price transparency is to mandate that packers purchase 50 percent of each plant’s harvest on the cash market each week. We are concerned that an unintended consequence is that feedlots and those who feed cattle would see their ability to participate in grid or formula trade reduced by government mandate, to force cattle out of grid and formula production and back into the cash market. That in turn will make premiums for quality production less attractive as once again producers return to a focus on production of pounds over quality. In general, NCBA members and state affiliates have passed several policies for the association which oppose government interference in the free market economy, believing that cattle producers and the industry should determine how cattle are marketed. It’s no secret that NCBA has long opposed government interference in the markets. For months, NCBA has had a working group examining the market issues we face. The working group includes members from every segment of the industry and those individuals have been examining calls for cash trade mandates but the group has not expressed support for mandates like the one proposed. The group’s members understand that government mandates have unintended consequences. The initial conversations about a minimum mandated cash trade centered on research conducted by Dr. Steve Koontz, who was commissioned to examine the percentage of cash market we need to determine the value of our cattle, a process known as “price discovery.” Dr. Koontz determined that different regions require a different percentage of cash trade to reach the point of true price discovery and it is 28 | Ohio Cattleman | Summer Issue 2020

highly regionalized, due to how the cattle industry functions and the difference in cattle and feeding operations in various parts of the country. Dr. Koontz determined some regions like Iowa and northeastern Nebraska need 50 percent cash market trade to have true price discovery, while regions like the southern Plains, feedlots in states like Kansas and Texas, require just 10 percent cash trade to have true price discovery. In any case, Dr. Koontz, in a letter to NCBA, stated that the work he conducted was not meant to be carried forward in the form of a government mandate to require any certain cash trade percentage. In that letter, he also pointed out that grid and formula trade are also a more efficient manner of trading cattle than the more volatile cash market and driving backward toward more cash trade will create inefficiencies which “would cost the cattle and beef industry millions and possibly billions of dollars per year.” The bottom line is that a blanket approach like the one proposed by Senator

Grassley does not reflect the true need of the cattle market on a national level. The industry has varying needs depending on where cattlemen and cattlewomen are located, and solutions should be based on that fact, not a national federal mandate. Congress and USDA rarely get things like this right, and unintended consequences, such as a feedlot which currently operates on grid pricing having to take a lower price because their cattle were forced into the cash market, would then require NCBA and the cattle industry to spend years to repeal the law. We recognize that there are state affiliate associations which have policy which advocates for support of a 50 percent cash trade mandate, and we respect the policy book of those states. However, the policies that were put in place for NCBA by our members have directed us to take a different route to solve the issues facing the cattle business. NCBA’s policy positions on these and other issues can be found at policy.ncba.org.


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Parting Shots The 2019-20 BEST Program has concluded. Participants were mailed their awards and final results can be found on OCA’s website. We know this isn’t the show season that we had all hoped for, but we would like to thank all participants and their families for adjusting to the changes during these unprecedented times.

Congratulations to Brooke Stottsberry of Noble county this year’s winner of the EBY trailer drawing for the BEST program!

The summer interns have been hard at work visiting farms all over Ohio! Because many of their planned events have been cancelled, their main projects will include writing farmer profiles for the Ohio Beef Council website as well as improving their photography skills to add new pictures to our stock photo collection.

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