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Winter 2022

Official Publication of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association


7 OCA Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet


18 BEST Youth Head Out to the Wild West 22 Commercial Producer Award Winner 27 2022 Ohio Beef Expo Schedule 28 Industry Service Award Winner


News & Notes


On the Cover


Harsh Realities


OCA News & Views


The Ruff Review


Forage Focus


On the Edge of Common Sense




OCA News


Checkoff Update


Breed News


Beef Briefs


Allied Industry Council


Calendar of Events


Parting Shots


Advertisers’ Index

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Conversation is key A recent text exchange with the local veterinarian’s office to schedule an appointment for our farm dog reminded me of the importance of clear communication. In the hurried exchange to refresh their memory of the dog; I shared his name Rip at the end of the sentence. After several confusing texts that followed expressing sympathy for the passing of our dog and inquiring if we had a second dog, I realized that Rip was interpreted by them as rest in peace not as one of the stars from the hit TV series Yellowstone for whom he was named. Effective communication is critical in almost any situation imaginable. Yet the importance of the message and the delivery methods can vary greatly. Insert working cows here. Most cattle folks would agree that working cows usually calls for some of the most unique forms of communications there is. OCA’s Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet on Jan. 8 will provide plenty of communication opportunities on a much more cordial level than working cows. Catching up with fellow producers, discussing policy or hearing updates from the university and state government will all take place during the event. And OCA members have proven they want to communicate face-to-face whenever possible. Ethan Lane, head of NCBA’s Washington, DC office, will be the speaker for the opening luncheon. He will provide a policy update on issues important to cattlemen, such as fake meat, taxes and cattle marketing. OCA’s annual business meeting will follow the luncheon. Then the Foundation’s meeting will feature the presentation of youth scholarships, largely made possible by proceeds from the Cattlemen’s Gala fundraiser and sales of the beef license plates. That evening OCA will present awards to deserving individuals and beef farm families who are outstanding leaders of the state’s beef industry. Register now to attend and don’t miss out on the conversation. Another opportunity for OCA members to practice advocacy communications will be on January 18 in downtown Columbus at the Cattlemen at the Capitol event. The program will feature updates from elected officials, information on effective lobbying, tours and more. Learn more about this opportunity and register to attend at the OCA website. As the New Year gets underway, OCA will be led by a new group of officers and directors. Thank you to those retiring officers and directors who have successfully led OCA through these recent historic times. Leaders usually have different communications styles and priorities, but what each have in common is their passion for seeing the association grow and continuing to reach new heights to better serve Ohio’s beef farm families. As you gather with family and friends this holiday season, we hope your conversations are enjoyable and memorable. At our place we’ll mix great family conversations with the risk of working cows together and fingers crossed, still enjoy every lively minute.

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As I pen my last column as president of OCA for these past two years, I would like to start by saying thank you for the support provided me from my fellow board members, especially the executive committee, with whom I have worked closely on a number of issues. I also want to thank the OCA staff for their hard work seven days a week to execute the many programs and endeavors of OCA. This pandemic has changed our world forever and leading OCA through these difficult times took teamwork and ingenuity of many leaders who were resolute in continuing the programs and opportunities for our members. The COVID-era certainly brought forth several logistical challenges that caused us to pivot to alternative plans on short notice. One of the most notable was the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Ohio Beef Expo in Columbus just a week before the event. I hope this never happens again and that no future leadership of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association must face this difficult hurdle. However, I applaud the tremendous leadership of our staff and board, as well as the breed representatives for adjusting with creativity to market seedstock on web-based platforms and move shows to alternate locations. The disruption in cattle markets and beef supply chain issues also needed addressed as many OCA members were, and continue to be, negatively affected by reduced prices for their high-quality cattle. With adversity also comes opportunity, and I am pleased that we enacted the Live Cattle Marketing Committee and engaged in vigorous discussions about short and long-term policy issues that serve the best interests of OCA members. It is my hope that this committee continues to meet on a regular basis to explore all possible opportunities for Ohio’s beef producers to capture the greatest value for our product. Ohio is fortunate to have several unique facets of the beef industry significantly represented in our state. Our geography has always afforded Ohio significant commercial cow/calf production, especially in the Eastern region and rich feed resources for cattle feeding, most notably in the western region of the state. We are fortunate to have several seedstock producers in Ohio who have served their breeds on a national level with elite genetics and a positive reputation. Many of these leaders have served on the national boards of directors and continue to represent Ohio to the highest standard. I am proud of the strong role OCA plays with 4-H, FFA and Ohio’s cattle families to sponsor the development of young people in our state. The BEST program was one of the first of its kind and continues to serve as the standard in the industry for points-based cattle show circuits. With these vast interests represented in our industry it is easy to try to align ourselves with one segment or another and it is okay to advocate for the segment that represents your family and business interests. My challenge to OCA and its members is to band together and celebrate the cattle diversity that exists within our state. We have so much to learn from each other and can accomplish more in unity as an organization and a collective beef cattle industry. My vision for OCA’s membership is to see commercial producers attending BEST shows to learn about the incredible youth program and BEST participants attending producer tours to learn about commercial cattle production in our state. Some of this is happening now and I hope more can happen in the future. I want to thank my family for supporting me in this journey with OCA and especially my wife Jill who took care of many farm and family details while I served as president. This organization has some tremendous leaders, too numerous to mention by name, who have done the hard work it takes to make programs successful. We need more and new volunteers to help OCA sustain a strong cattle industry in Ohio. If you feel motivated to do more and can give of your time, please reach out to any OCA board or staff member to learn about the opportunities.

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Evaluate, Adapt, Improve, Repeat By Garth Ruff, Beef Cattle Field Specialist, OSU Extension As I reflect over what we have worked through in the beef industry over the last 15 months, some of which being unprecedented times, I am fairly optimistic heading into the New Year. As we move into 2022 and hopefully past the worst of the COVID pandemic, there are opportunities to refine management practices that can have an impact on the bottom line going forward. There is no doubt that the pandemic, supply chain issues, and workforce shortages had major impacts on cattle prices the first half of 2021. However, what we have seen since late June is that fed cattle prices have been at, or higher, than the five-year average. A week or so ago, Dr. Kenny Burdine of the University of Kentucky, highlighted the following in his weekly cattle market notes, “Yet in 2021, fed cattle prices have trended upward since spring and did not put in a fall bottom at all. The last few weeks have been especially encouraging as prices have risen by more than $6 per cwt since the first week of Oct.” Having wrapped up the OCA Replacement Female Sale, demand for replacement females remains strong, partly influenced by sustained strong cull cow prices and optimism in feeder calf prices looking ahead to the next marketing year. If demand for beef and feeder cattle remain strong into the coming year, there is cause for some optimism in the industry in 2022. Of course, there

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remains continued concern regarding input costs over the next year. To offset higher inputs costs producers will have to look at ways to either improve efficiency, increase revenue or reduce input costs. Reducing costs in the areas of herd health and fertility can be even more costly. As producers look at ways of improving efficiency and maximizing potential of production systems, members of the OSU Extension Beef Team have started a research project that may allow for assisting in making herd management decisions at the individual farm level. About a year ago, I mentioned this idea of an on-farm assessment of management practices of Ohio Cow-Calf producers. After several iterations, the first phase of that assessment is online, as we look to better understand and serve clientele across the state. By better understanding practices implemented by Ohio producers, members of the OSU Extension Beef Team will be able to tailor programming more specifically to meet your needs. Furthermore, this survey might indicate potential for areas of research that we have yet to identify through current processes. This type of project is nothing new, just new to Ohio. Our colleagues and counterparts in other states have been doing similar work over the years. Our goal is to take the knowledge gained regarding your production practices and be able to create better program-

ming and recommendations that have a positive impact on farm efficiency and profitability. The survey can be found at In the survey you will also see an opportunity for a follow up discussion with your county Extension agent or myself, where we will take a deeper dive into specific on farm practices in the areas of reproduction, herd health, facilities, forage management and marketing. Going into the New Year, I look forward to getting back to “normal” programming and working with cattlemen across the state. Registration for our winter statewide beef cattle programs will be available soon. Some program highlights are as follows: •

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Virtual Cow-Calf School: Monthly webinars looking at timely topics, Beef Market Outlook, Managing Mud During Calving Season, Beef Herd Health and Beef Team Live. 2022 Feedlot School will be in both Mercer and Sandusky Counties on Feb. 8. 2022 In-Person Cow-Calf School will be in Brown County on Feb. 24.

For more information about upcoming programs stay tuned at beef. and the Ohio Beef Letter. In the meantime, hopefully beef will be on the menu as you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.



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Does stockpiling pay? By Chris Penrose, Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Morgan County For much of my career, I have worked with colleagues to try to figure out the best ways to reduce costs of feeding our cattle during the winter. I am still convinced that along with grazing corn fields after harvest, stockpiling grass, especially fescue is a great option. The how, when and what to do stockpiling grass is where it becomes “fuzzy”. From a scientific standpoint, after 32 years of various stockpiling research, all I can really say with statistical confidence today is that adding nitrogen will increase yields. Can adding a nitrogen stabilizer help? Maybe. Will urea volatilize if it does not receive a ½” of rain within 48 hours? Maybe but likely not as much as we thought. Will adding nitrogen increase protein? Maybe but it likely depends on how soon the grass is fed and if the cattle really need the increased protein? Will adding nitrogen increase the endophyte levels? Maybe but depending on when the stockpiled grass is fed and cold temperatures, will it even be an issue? When is the best time to initiate stockpiling? I still am not sure from a science standpoint, but I will argue that the earlier you start stockpiling, the more you will have and the lower the quality will eventually be. When should you start grazing the stockpile? Likewise, the sooner you start grazing, the higher the quality will be and the lower the yield in the fall. If you wait until later in the winter to start grazing, the yield and quality will also start to decline

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from the weather and on my farm, and the deer can pressure yields. Now comes the big question. Should we fertilize with nitrogen? For years, this was an obvious “yes” but now with the high prices, it is not. Our standard recommendation over the years has been to apply 100# of urea per acre and we would expect around 1000# of additional yield after several months. Right now, with urea around $0.50 per pound, and during our three-year three site study, yields increased only from 500-900# per acre with the addition of 46# nitrogen or 100# of urea. That makes the cost of an additional pound of stockpiled grass 5.5-10 cents per pound. As a comparison, corn right now is around 10 cents per pound. Then we need to figure out utilization of the stockpiled grass, increasing the real cost. I am also starting to work with colleagues in other states to try to figure out better ways to stockpile. Have the weather patterns changed over the past 30 years resulting in a warmer fall? Is there more nitrogen already in the soil to help the grass grow better than we think? Can we do an early light grazing, allow some regrowth and finish off later in the season? How much and when should we add nitrogen if any? These are some questions we will likely explore. There is so much from the perspective of research. How about from the producer perspective? What should we do? My most basic principle is to try to stockpile as much grass as I can

each year. On my farm, we are now in Dec., and I have fed a little hay for a few days only to stage paddocks for personal and management reasons. I still have weeks’ worth of grass left. For me, the planning starts in May with first cutting hay. If I have plenty, I may graze some hay fields, then start to stockpile in Aug. If hay is short, I will leave more fields to make a second and even a third cutting, then start stockpiling. If winter feed supplies are still short like they were last winter, I may add nitrogen (if not too expensive) to increase yields then, if needed, plan on acquiring more feed in the fall to make it through the winter. Last year it made sense to feed a part of the diet with shelled corn and limit feed the hay and that worked very well when feed was short. This year, I had a great first cutting of hay, did not put up as much second cutting and stockpiled more fields. I even put some round bales out in some paddocks to reduce tearing up the ground later. Right now, it looks like I will have excess hay to sell and not feed hay stored inside in case needed next year. I am convinced stockpiling still pays, and maybe just as important, reduces time, labor and equipment use. Having said that, I saw good yields this year just sitting fields aside and letting them grow without adding nitrogen. There are still reasons to add nitrogen but before doing so, consider all the factors and the cost for the added yield.

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Faith in Christmas By Baxter Black, DVM It’s Christmas time, when we celebrate the birth of Christ. In the U.S., surveys show that more than 80% of us believe in God. That’s more people than have lawyers, drive foreign cars, believe DNA is absolute proof of a criminal act, own a home, have been divorced, or watch Oprah! How can such a high percentage of a highly educated, well-read, technologically and scientifically knowledgeable people believe in an omnipotent being? Where inside of us is the biological process that allows faith to exist? Not just to exist but to flourish. How do you define the words soul, love, compassion, conscience, guilt or sorrow without going outside the parameters of scientific definition? To choose to believe only what is scientifically provable is to assume, I guess, that all human behavior can be traced to the basic instincts of territoriality, reproduction of species, and survival. That a conscience is a highly refined sophisticated mechanism that somehow helps keep peace in the herd, insures that each member gets her share of the kill, and that each dog in the pack gets a place in the pecking order. If Earth is truly just a long series of accidental chemical bondings and adaptation to the environment, and God has no hand in it, then those animal rights folks who say a rat is a dog is a baby, are right. Human existence on earth would have no significance, no more than dinosaurs, rocks, oxygen, stars, wars, or renal dialysis. As Bertrand Russell, an atheist, once said, “Unless one assumes a God, any discussion of life’s purpose is meaningless.” One of the dilemmas that deep thinkers have, is the need to explain the biological, physical, neural or meteorological mechanisms that allow something to happen. Miracles are hard for them to swallow. There must be some earthly explanation that the Dead Sea parted, Lazarus rose from the dead, and Jesus turned water to wine.It is necessary for them to write off Jesus feeding the multitude. To conclude the Bible is more fiction than fact. That Christmas is just a benign commercial day off. But for the vast majority of Americans, Christmas is the recognition of something bigger than ourselves. It also strengthens our beliefs and reminds us that Jesus was born to change the world and that He has. Our entire concept of God exists by faith. It’s not complicated. When I’m asked if I believe Christ was born of a virgin, I say, of course! If I can believe in something so all mighty, all-powerful and unbelievable as God, I can surely believe Jesus was His son. Merry Christmas, and God bless you. 12 | Ohio Cattleman | Winter Issue 2022


NCBA PUSHES EPA TO SUPPORT CLEAR WATER RULES WITH LAUNCH OF WOTUS CAMPAIGN In Oct., NCBA launched a Waters of the United States (WOTUS) campaign aimed at developing fair, clear rules for cattle producers. While producers may have thought the WOTUS issue was behind them, court rulings and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announcements over the past few months have demonstrated that water rules are once again a focus in Washington, D.C. “Due to a recent court ruling that vacated the Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR)—a rule that protected farmers and ranchers—the EPA is justifying the development of a new WOTUS rule,” said NCBA Chief Environmental Counsel Scott Yager. “NCBA is a leading voice urging the EPA to respect the needs of cattle producers and craft a rule that limits federal authority over common agricultural practices.” The limits of federal water regulation have been hotly contested since passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972, involving numerous rulemakings and Supreme Court cases. In 2015, the EPA created a widely overreaching definition that subjected nearly every water feature—including isolated features and areas that only held rainwater—to federal jurisdiction. Some of the common water features that fell under the 2015 WOTUS rule included grassed waterways, prairie potholes, rainwater, snow melt, small creeks, dry washes, drainage ditches, isolated wetlands, vernal pools, coastal prairie wetlands, pocosins, any waters within a 100-year floodplain, and any waters within 4,000 feet of a high tide line or ordinary high water mark.

“While the 2015 rule may have sounded good to a bureaucrat in Washington, it did not hold up to common sense out in the country,” Yager said. “A feature that you can step over or a field that only has water when it rains should not be regulated by the federal government.” During the Trump administration, cattle producers saw relief from the onerous 2015 WOTUS rule with the finalization of the Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR). The NWPR limited the definition of a WOTUS to substantial bodies of water, like oceans, large lakes, tributaries that run during a typical year or seasonally, and adjoining wetlands. While the NWPR was not perfect, it was substantially better than the 2015 WOTUS rule. NCBA supported the NWPR and intervened in several court cases to uphold it before it was struck down by a U.S. District Court in Arizona. Yager noted that the Arizona court decision created even more confusion for cattle producers who had already lived through the 2015 and 2020 rulemaking attempts. “Immediately after the court decision, the EPA took the opportunity to apply the ruling on a nationwide scale, reverting back to the 1986 definition of WOTUS,” he said. “In the span of just over five years, cattle farmers and ranchers have experienced three different WOTUS definitions under the law.” Even before the Arizona court decision, the Biden administration had announced their intention to repeal the Trump-era rule and create their own WOTUS definition.

“We were pleased to see cattle producers share their views with the EPA when the agency launched WOTUS listening sessions over the summer,” Yager said. “Sadly, our producers were outnumbered by activist groups who have historically favored an oversized definition of WOTUS.” In Oct. the EPA announced a process for hosting regional WOTUS roundtables. The catch? Stakeholders like individual state affiliates or conservation groups were asked to propose an entire plan to the EPA for how they would host a roundtable that includes agriculture, conservation, development, water management, environmental justice and industry groups. Yager pointed out that placing the burden on stakeholders to plan the roundtable and create the guestlist is the EPA shirking responsibility. “If you are a state cattlemen’s association, imagine trying to get environmental justice activists, conservation groups, developers and industry groups to sit at one table. These groups fundamentally oppose each other and yet the EPA is asking ranchers and farmers to call a meeting with activists that do not believe our way of life should even exist,” Yager said. To ensure that cattle producers’ voices are included in the WOTUS conversation, NCBA launched a multi-phased campaign aimed squarely at the EPA and the Biden administration. The first phase of the plan is a sign-on letter asking EPA Administrator Michael Regan to support clean water and clear rules for cattle producers. The letter urges the EPA (Continued on page 15) Winter Issue 2022 | Ohio Cattleman | 13


Naughty or nice? By Colin Woodall, NCBA Chief Executive Officer In July of 2020, a petition was started by several individuals and groups like R-CALF to call for a referendum on the future of the Beef Checkoff. USDA initially gave the petitioners one year to collect signatures from 88,269 cattle producers who had paid into the Checkoff during the previous year. When their time was up this past July, they were woefully short on signatures. The petitioners then asked USDA for more time and cited COVID-19 restrictions as one of the reasons they did not have the opportunity to engage with as many producers as they would have liked. While we felt this was a disingenuous request given their use of an online petition portal, USDA nonetheless granted their request for an additional 60 days. Due to the 30 days it took USDA to make this decision, the petitioners actually got an additional 90 days to collect signatures. When time was finally up in October, there were not enough signatures to meet the threshold of having 10 percent of America’s cattle producers ask for a referendum. NCBA decided early in this process to not fight the petition. We did this because the Checkoff belongs to you, and we believe that you and every other cattle producer should have the right to decide the future of this great program. We had hoped the petitioners would conduct the petition process with integrity, but we soon found that was not the case. They definitely make the naughty list because of the way they characterized the process and some of the tactics they used to

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collect signatures. A referendum is about killing the Checkoff, but the petitioners were telling producers that it was going to be a chance to make some changes to the program. That is absolutely not the way this works. A referendum simply asks if you support the continuation of the Checkoff. It does not allow for any changes to be considered. Therefore, we can only deduce that the petitioners aimed to kill the Checkoff because why would you waste Checkoff dollars to conduct a vote on a program you want to keep? That is right, your Checkoff dollars would have been used to conduct the vote, and USDA told us it could easily be hundreds of thousands of dollars to do this. That is hundreds of thousands of dollars that would not go towards beef research or promotion. I had conversations with a few producers who signed the petition that told me they would not have done so had they really known what the referendum was going to do. We are also aware of many unsavory tactics used to collect signatures. There was one effort that put the names of those who signed the petition into a pot for a drawing to receive a cash prize. We heard of a similar process to draw for a pair of boots. We even heard of somebody at a gas station asking whoever walked by to sign the petition. Reports of other actions came to us throughout the year as our members saw the petition process in action. Even with desperate tactics, the effort did not produce the signatures needed.

I see the lack of signatures as a de facto referendum on the Beef Checkoff. It was no secret in the countryside that this petition was collecting signatures. Petitioners were at fairs, trade shows, rodeos and other gatherings of cattle producers. They had the presence and tools to get the 88,269 signatures, but ultimately did not because of the great programs delivered by the Checkoff. The nice list is chock-full of Checkoff-funded projects and programs being delivered by State Beef Councils, the Federation of State Beef Councils and NCBA as one of nine contractors to the national Beef Checkoff. We are making the most of your Checkoff investment. If you have watched any holiday movies on the Hallmark Channel recently, you have seen Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. commercials. Throughout the fall, Checkoff-funded commercials aired during college football games on television and on Sirius XM radio. Our year-long Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. sustainability campaign delivered our cattle health and environmental stewardship message to tens of millions of consumers. We are also taking full advantage of online e-commerce advertising. Our e-commerce summer grilling campaign with Kroger stores delivered awesome results by selling an additional $60 of beef for every Checkoff dollar we used to advertise. That is what you expect from your Checkoff, and that is why the petition process came up short.

(Continued from page 13) to focus their jurisdiction on “traditionally navigable waters,” or water one could fit a boat in, rather than the small stock ponds or ditches found on agricultural operations. “In just three weeks, more than 1,000 cattle producers signed the letter, demonstrating their passion for this issue and sending a strong message to the EPA,” Yager said. “Our goal is to increase this number to truly show the EPA that the cattle industry is united on WOTUS.” The letter to the EPA is only the first phase of NCBA’s WOTUS campaign. NCBA is also looking for

producers who are willing to discuss the good conservation work they do to protect water quality without the need for overburdensome federal regulation. NCBA is writing producer profiles that will explain to policymakers how new WOTUS rules impact long-time agricultural practices, and a personal story from a cattle farmer or rancher is extremely important for helping government officials understand that their decisions impact the livelihood of farm and ranch families. “If you want to fight back against WOTUS, we need to hear from you,” Yager said. “I can tell policymakers every day that our industry will be

impacted by their decisions, but we need producers to stand up and prove that point.” Joining the WOTUS fight is easy. Simply email Scott Yager (syager@ or Mary-Thomas Hart ( to discuss how you can be involved. To read and sign the WOTUS letter to the EPA, please visit “NCBA has told the EPA that we need a WOTUS solution that works for cattle producers,” Yager said. “Now is the time to engage on this issue; sign our letter to the EPA, and share your story to protect not only your own operation, but the future of our industry.”

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REPLACEMENT FEMALE SALE A SUCCESS The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) held their ninth annual Replacement Female Sale on Nov. 26 at the Muskingum Livestock Auction Company in Zanesville, Ohio. A large crowd was on hand to bid on 80 high-quality females. The sale represented an excellent opportunity for cow-calf producers to add quality females with documented breeding and health records to their herds. 56 lots of bred heifers averaged $1,701 and 24 lots of bred cows averaged $2,155. The 80 total lots grossed $152,875 for an overall average of $1,910. The females sold to buyers from Ohio and West Virginia. Col. Ron Kreis served as the auctioneer. Sale prices were slightly higher year over year as the 2021 sale represented a $66 per head price increase over the 2020 sale. Demand was strong for quality females as 10 bred cows and 25 bred heifers sold for over $2,000.

Erv-N-Del Farms of Louisville, Ohio consigned the top selling cow at $2,700. The Lot 22 commercial Angus cow sold to Clyde Compher of Scio, Ohio. Erv-N-Del farms also sold Lot 20, a commercial Simmental-Angus crossbred cow for $2,600 to John Burd of St Marys, Ohio. Haley Farms of West Salem, Ohio sold Lot 38, a registered Simmental cow, to Zach Guthrie of Frazeysburg, Ohio at $2,600. For the second year running, Van Horn Farms of Malta, Ohio consigned the top bred heifer, Lot 80, at $3,400. This registered 50% Simmental heifer sold to Kevin Scheiderer of Irwin, Ohio. Two bred heifers sold at $3,000 each consigned by Maplecrest Farms of Hillsboro, Ohio. These registered Angus heifers, Lots 60 and 61, sold to Barbara Guy of Quaker City, Ohio. MM Farm of Fredonia, PA sold Lot 67, a registered Angus heifer, to Robert Smeal of Jerusalem,

Ohio for $2,700. Locust Lane Farms of Ashland, Ohio also sold a $2,700 registered Simmental heifer to George Lahna of Newcomerstown, Ohio. Please contact Garth Ruff, OCA Replacement Female Sale manager at (740) 651-7140, or by e-mail at with any questions. More information about the sale can be found at


Jan. 18, 2022 will bring the return of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association’s (OCA) Cattlemen at the Capitol event that brings Ohio’s beef producers to Columbus to advocate for the beef industry. It will take place at the DoubleTree Suites in downtown Columbus located at 50 S. Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215. Attendees 16 | Ohio Cattleman | Winter Issue 2022

will visit the Ohio Statehouse, learn more about lobbying etiquette, meet with elected officials and more. This single day event is sponsored by Nationwide. Attire for the event will be business professional and will begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude after the Cattle, Corn and Wheat Legislative Recep-

tion for members of the Ohio General Assembly from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Athletic Club in Columbus. Registration for the event is $20 per OCA member. For full program details and to register to attend visit The deadline to register is Monday, January 10, 2022.


OCA ELECTS NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) recently held elections for directors in districts 2,5,8, 11 and one at-large position. The new board then held a meeting to elect the association’s officers for 2022.

Elected Directors

The newly elected board members are Andy Lohr, district 2, and Jason Dagger, district 5. Andy Lohr is from Bucyrus, Ohio. Lohr and his wife, Tonya, run a 100head cow/calf operation and feed out all their own calves, as well as purchase extra feeders throughout the year. They also raise 1,400 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat and hay. The family recently opened the Center Street Meat Company in Bucyrus. The lack of harvest facilities during Covid created the push to establish the business, but it was the tremendous community support for it that helped create a strong demand for retail and custom orders. The business is owned by Lohr and his wife and their two children, Jake and Jessica, and son-in-law, Mitch. Lohr previously served on the OCA board of directors and as vice president for the association. He is a current board member for the Crawford County Cattlemen’s Association and a past president. In 2004 Lohr was the recipient of the OCA Young Cattleman of the Year award. In addition, Lohr has served as a township trustee for 16 years and is the current chairman. The Lohrs are active members of the Bucyrus United Methodist Church. Jason Dagger resides in Cable, Ohio with his wife, Sandy, and daughters Ava and Amelia. Born and raised in Champaign County, he attended The Ohio State University

and returned to the family farm while working for the Ohio Farm Bureau as an Organization Director in Champaign, Clark and Madison Counties. Currently he works for RWE Renewables as a Senior Project Manager. He also serves as a delegate for United Producers, Inc. The family’s cattle operation consists of approximately 225 Commercial Angus cows and 1,800 acres of row crops. They finish their own calves and supply a majority to a local retail shop and restaurant. The balance are marketed through United Producers, Inc. Dagger, and his brother, Justin, also feed Holstein steers. The directors elected to serve another term are as follows: • District 8 - Linde Sutherly, Clark County • District 11 - Lindsey Hall, Highland County • At-Large - Tom Karr, Meigs County

New Officers & Executive Committee

The new officers and executive committee for 2022 are as follows: • • • • •

President - Tom Karr, Meigs County Vice President - Bill Tom, Fayette County Treasurer - Linde Sutherly, Clark County Member at Large - Lindsey Hall, Highland County Past President, Aaron Arnett, Richland County

Foundation Officers

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation also elected new officers. Those officers are:

• • •

President - Aaron Arnett Vice President - Jim Jepsen, Fairfield County Secretary & Treasurer - Elizabeth Harsh, executive director

The new OCA Executive Committee pictured from left to right: Tom Karr, President; Bill Tom, Vice President; Lindsey Hall, Member at Large; Aaron Arnett, Past President. (Not pictured: Linde Sutherly, Treasurer)

The new Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation officers pictured from left to right: Elizabeth Harsh, Secretary & Treasurer; Jim Jepsen, Vice President; Aaron Arnett, President.

OCA would like to extend a thank you to the retiring directors, Kelvin Egner (left), Frank Phelps (right) and Sasha Rittenhouse (middle right) for their many years of service and dedication to the association. Winter Issue 2022 | Ohio Cattleman | 17


The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) Beef Exhibitor Show Total (BEST) Program kicked off it’s new season with this year’s theme “How the BEST was won,” alongside sponsoring partners: Ag-Pro & John Deere, Bane-Welker Equipment, Bob Evans Farms, Diamond T Land & Cattle Co., D&E Electric, M.H. EBY Inc., Farm Credit Mid-America, Weaver Leather Livestock, The Folks Printing, Dickson Cattle Co., Jones Show Cattle and RD Jones Excavating. BEST is a youth development program of OCA that recognizes Ohio’s junior beef exhibitors for participation and placings through a series of sanctioned cattle shows that include showmanship competitions, educational contests, leadership opportunities and community service. Juniors earn points for participation in each sanctioned show which they are rewarded for at the end-of-season banquet. 18 | Ohio Cattleman | Winter Issue 2022

The schedule for this year’s season is as follows: • • • • • • • •

AGR Holiday Classic, Circleville – Dec. 10-12 Scarlet & Gray Midwest Showdown, Columbus – Jan. 7-9 The Weekend Spectacular, Marion – Jan. 21-23 Clark County Cattle Battle, Springfield – Jan. 28-30 DTS Cupid Classic, Circleville – Feb. 11-13 Holmes County Preview, Millersburg – March 4-6 Ohio Beef Expo, Columbus – March 18-20 BEST Banquet, Columbus – May 7

BEST Program Requirements

Participants 8-years-old as of Jan. 1, 2022, but no older than 21 years as of age as of Jan. 1, 2022, are eligible

to accumulate OCA BEST points. Exhibitors must be Ohio residents with the exception of Buckeye Breeders Series (BBS) eligible cattle. Those exhibiting BBS cattle are eligible to accumulate BEST points regardless of state of residency. Juniors or the junior’s family must be a current member of OCA. The OCA membership must be in the name of the BEST participant’s immediate family. OCA family memberships are $75 and will operate on a 12-month basis. Exhibitors showing cattle at a BEST sanctioned show, but not participating in the BEST program, must also have an OCA membership. A nomination fee is also required for each animal a junior enters in the BEST program. The one-time $60 nomination fee allows the animal to accumulate points at any OCA BEST sanctioned show. The nomination fee

must be paid before the start of the show where the exhibitor plans to accumulate points. Exhibitors must be Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certified to participate in the BEST program. BQA certification is available through in-person trainings at BEST shows, or ALL cattle showing at a BEST sanctioned show in-state and outof-state MUST be tagged with an electronic identification (EID) ear tag prior to arriving at their first BEST show.

Buckeye Breeders Series (BBS)

BBS is Ohio’s premier bred, born and raised division of BEST that rewards both exhibitors and breeders for their participation with registered steers and heifers from an Ohio seedstock breeder. This division will have a separate set of points to be accumulated for exhibitors throughout the season. New this year, out-of-state exhibitors will be eligible for BEST only if they exhibit a BBS eligible animal. At the end of the season, exhibitors will be entered in a drawing for a year’s use of a livestock trailer, donated by M.H. EBY. Breeders will be entered in a drawing for a year’s use of a John Deere Gator, donated by Ag-Pro.

Youth Development, Education and Academics Outside of the Ring The BEST program includes the Stockmanship Division to allow exhibitors with or without cattle to showcase their talent outside of the ring by expanding their knowledge of cattle and the industry. This division is sponsored by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

The Stockmanship contests for this year are as follows: • Prepared Speaking, Scarlet & Gray Midwest Showdown - Saturday, Jan. 8 • Salesmanship, The Weekend Spectacular - Saturday, Jan. 22 • Cattlemen’s Challenge Competition (OCA’s version of a skill-athon), Clark County Cattle Battle - Saturday, Jan. 29 • Fitting Contest, DTS Cupid Classic - Friday, Feb. 11 • Judging Contest, Ohio Beef Expo – Friday, March 18 A photography competition is also offered to help BEST exhibitors increase their communication skills. Multiple $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to BEST participants pursuing an agriculture related post-high school degree. OCA and Weaver Leather Livestock will team up to recognize individuals that show exceptional leadership and character no matter their age. Any OCA member, BEST participant or their parents may nominate other cattlemen, breeders and exhibitors for any of the Character Trait categories. The 2021-22 Character Trait categories will be announced soon. BEST participants are encouraged to apply for the youth committee positions on the BEST committee. BEST Jr. Representatives serve a twoyear term and are selected through an application and interview process. Jr. Representative applications are due April 1 and interviews will be held in the spring leading up to the BEST banquet.

BEST participants will be encouraged to collect pop tabs throughout the season and turn them in at the BEST banquet in May. All money raised will be donated to RMHC. In addition, the popular Celebrity Showdown will take place on Jan. 28, 2022 in Springfield. Participants will raise at least $100 to participate and parade their animal and costume around the ring for a special celebrity judge.

Awards and Recognition

The BEST banquet will be held at the end of the season and will recognize participant’s achievements in all the above-mentioned areas. Over $150,000 worth of prizes, giveaways, scholarships, etc. will be awarded. Each year, one lucky BEST participant is also awarded a year’s use of a livestock trailer donated by M.H. EBY.

Getting Started

Participants will create their own unique account to make nominations for the BEST program at For more information about the BEST program, visit ohiocattle. org/BEST, join the OCA BEST Program Facebook group, or contact the office at 614-873-6736.

Community Service

The OCA BEST Program is teaming up with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio (RMHC) for the 2021-22 BEST community service project. Winter Issue 2022 | Ohio Cattleman | 19


Investing in Beef Promotion, Nutrition, Education & Research CHECKOFF PROVIDES BEEF TO OSU STUDENTS

The Ohio Beef Council (OBC) recently sponsored the Ohio State University’s (OSU) Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT) club’s Farmer’s Share event on campus. This event is held in conjunction with multiple other clubs within the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) on the Oval to educate college students about where their food comes from. OBC provided steak samples for the event that were distributed in reusable Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner. (BIWFD) containers. The OSU Meat Science club prepared the meat and shared tips on cooking and preparing beef, specifically cooking temperatures for steak. The team also shared beef recipes and informational pieces. The event reached the largest audience in its history including a visit from Brutus the Buckeye which attracted attention as students were making their way across campus.


OBC nutrition coordinator, Anna Gest, recently visited with dietetic interns at Ohio University to discuss beef ’s journey from farm to plate. The presentation included information about the beef life

cycle, sustainability, beef grading and labeling, and beef ’s nutritional benefits. Gest also attended a Food and Nutrition Forum meeting with Ohio State undergraduate nutrition students where she was able to share information about her work with agriculture and nutrition and answer student’s questions about beef in a healthy diet. The American Academy of Pediatrics, Ohio Chapter, recently held their annual meeting where Gest visited virtually with conference attendees to discuss beef ’s role in childhood nutrition and how beef is a great first food for babies. All conference attendees received literature about beef nutrition. Over 300 physicians and pediatric professionals registered for the conference. These events host ideal candidates with which to share the story of beef as they either are or will become industry experts that consumers trust to provide diet and nutrition advice.


The Beef Checkoff works to keep beef top-of-mind with consumers through initiatives such as consumer advertising, partnerships, public relations, education, research, foreign marketing, new-product development and so much more. As the Checkoff reached it’s 35th anniversary, many producers are not familiar with the Beef Checkoff and its importance in driving the demand for beef. In response, new signs have been

created for placement at auction markets in Ohio to encourage producers to learn more about how their checkoff dollars are invested in beef demand building programs. These signs are available to any auction market and will be distributed throughout the year. To request a sign at your auction market, contact the office at


OBC was a presenting sponsor for Ohio State’s 4 Miler race in Oct. Over 30,000 racers gathered in The Shoe to #FinishOnThe50. Beef was well represented as it was featured on all race materials, promotional pieces, and advertisements. OBC had a presence on the grounds to hand out beef jerky, beef swag and teach racers about the nutritional benefits of beef. Leading up the event OBC partnered with former Buckeye football great, Zach Boren, to promote beef as an essential protein in race preparation diets. These videos were divided into six social media posts with over 118,000 views. Social media posts from Ohio State Buckeyes promoting beef gained over 1.5 million impressions and over 29,000 engagements. Race promotions included ads in the Columbus Dispatch, five different radio show mentions and web ads on Instadium signage was included at four different games with an attendance total of over 370,000.

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 20 | Ohio Cattleman | Winter Issue 2022

What creates collaborations with world-class chefs to teach them how beef is raised before it gets to the plate?

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Conservation, sustainability

integral part of Seibert Livestock’s operation Story & Photos by Amy Beth Graves Innovation, sustainability and conservation have deep roots in the Seibert family in western Ohio. Ben and Daniel’s great-great-grandfather, John Wright, was a master farmer and their grandfather’s uncle, Harmon Wright, was instrumental in helping start up the soil and water conservation district. They said Auglaize County’s first maintained ditch runs through the back of the family’s property as part of a soil and water conservation effort decades ago. “John was in the first master farmer class and they pick farmers who do everything correctly and are progressive. These farmers weren’t afraid to take chances and used the newest technology and grew their farms with it,” Ben said. “Back then the family was trying to be progressive before it was popular, and that’s why the Seiberts and Wrights have been so successful over the years.” 22 | Ohio Cattleman | Winter Issue 2022

The foundation laid down by their forefathers was solid enough that the Seiberts still use the barn and other facilities today. “We’re unique in that we’ve saved the old and are just now in the process after 100 years of trying to expand and build new facilities,” Ben said. Sitting around the family table, Ben and Daniel share the history of the farm and their livelihood as their father, Richard, pipes in while holding a sleeping grandson. The three work side by side on Seibert Livestock, a commercial Holstein operation located near St. Marys in western Ohio. The Seiberts were recently named OCA’s Commercial Producer of the Year, an honor that surprised them. “We were very excited and humbled,” Daniel said. “It’s neat because our history goes back to prior generations winning awards and being successful in the industry.”

The Seibert family runs just under 1,000 head of commercial cattle in their three main cattle lots and 3,500 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat and hay spread out over four counties. Ben and Daniel help manage the cattle along with their father while their brother, Michael, is in charge of the grain side. About 15 years ago, the family switched from Angus to Holsteins and are at the point where they raise everything themselves from birth to harvest. They’ve also recently started buying calves from dairy farms who breed Holsteins cows with Angus bulls, also known as beef on dairy, driven by increased demand for less expensive beef. “We’ve been trying that for five or six years. Some of the genetics have been good and some have been awful,” Richard said. “As time goes on the genetics will probably start getting better. There just aren’t that many

“It’s neat because our history goes back to prior generations winning awards and being successful in the industry.” outlets now. This country wants to eat cheap, which is why we’re eating Holsteins now. We’ll put in whatever is profitable.” Ben, Daniel and Richard all have separate but equally important roles in the livestock operation. Ben, who is a loan officer at United Producers, takes care of the bookkeeping, contracting of cattle and fertilizer analysis. Seibert Livestock has both nutrient and manure management plans in place and has received funding from the H2O Ohio program. Their farms are part of a watershed that flows to Lake Erie, and not only have they used cover crops and 2 ½-acre grid soil sampling for years but they’ve installed manure storage facilities and covered two feedlots to cut down on manure runoff. Currently, the family is in the process of building a 90-by-275 foot long cattle barn as part of an investment to increase the size of the operation by about a third. With that many cattle, they currently average about 20 contracts a year, which results in a lot of paperwork and coordination. Daniel is in charge of the calves, and about five years ago the Seiberts invested in an RFID (radio frequency identification) system to more efficiently manage their calves. One machine monitors 150 calves and another keeps track of 50 calves. “It tells me everything about that calf -- how much water it drinks and how fast. It allows me to watch the cattle better. Now I can tell by the RFID if a calf is drinking slowly that it may be sick. The health of our calves are better because of this technology,” Daniel said. The Seiberts also do almost all of their own hauling of cattle to processing plants with the furthest 10 hours away. They work with a representative at United Producers on marketing of the cattle and hit the road about two times a month.

“We do everything ourselves; all in and all out,” Ben said. “We used to have born and weaned (calves) pulled in from the mountains, but switched to buying Holsteins due to profitability and ease. We still haul the cattle out ourselves. We load the truck together as a family.” Richard, who describes himself as being born with a screwdriver and crescent wrench in his hand, does most of the maintenance on the farm. “If it’s broke, I can fix it. I love the challenge of figuring out how things work and operate. We like to do almost everything ourselves. I guess that’s the old German side of us,” he laughed. Being involved with their community and church is important for the Seiberts. Richard has been a Salem township trustee for 30 years, all have been involved with 4-H and FFA and Michael started the vet tech program at Tri Star Career Compact. “We are big into volunteering,” Ben said. “We work with our neighbors and help them out, whether it’s with harvest or whatever.” The ultimate goal for the family is for their livestock and grain operation to be sustainable enough to support the next generation. “I’d love to help the next generation like what Grandpa did for Dad and Dad for us,” Daniel said. Ben chimed in that raising their children in the country and teaching them the value of a hard day’s work is rewarding and will provide the type of life skills they need to be successful. “I appreciate the rural life -- you can’t beat life out here,” he said. “We do this because there’s a need for us. People need beef and we’re helping feed the world. In lending, I always feel like I’m making such a difference for people. It’s the same with agriculture. If we can help someone, we’ll do what we can. We love doing what we do.”

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The 2021 Keystone International Livestock Exposition (KILE) took place Oct. 1-10 in Harrisburg, PA. SSF Blackbird 1040 won Grand Champion Female at the KILE Roll of Victory (ROV) Angus Show. She is owned by Marcus Van Vorhis, Bowling Green, Ohio and earlier won Junior Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Owned Female. At the Hereford show, Keith Ullman, Graysville, Ohio, exhibited the Grand Champion Cow/Calf Pair, UHF 10B Heidi U06G. SSF KKH Ribeye 15U 017 ET exhibited by B J Herman & Sons, Edgerton, Ohio; Mason Love, Baltimore, Ohio; and Todd, Kim and Kasey Herman, Lima, Ohio, claimed Champion Bull honors. The Grand Champion Simmental Bull honors went to LAZY H CONTENDER H1 exhibited by Austin Henthorn, Fleming, Ohio. Both the Grand Champion Bull and Female in the SimAngus/SimGenetics Show were exhibited by Ohio natives. Emma Woodward, Gallipolis, Ohio exhibited the Grand Champion Female with WCCO/WST MAXIE B 123H. Gary Staley, Urbana, Ohio exhibited the Grand Champion Bull with PKF DUTTON J111. Woodward also earned the Premier Exhibitor title in this division. Emily Paden, Salesville, Ohio took home the Grand Champion Red Angus Heifer title in both the Junior and Open Shows with H/H DRAMA QUEEN 0151. She also earned the Reserve Grand Champion Red Angus Heifer title with LCC CITA CATALINA 001 in the Junior Show. Paden also exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion Maintainer Heifer in the Junior Show with LMAN MALLORY 5J. 24 | Ohio Cattleman | Winter Issue 2022

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

The Grand Champion Shorthorn Heifer in the Junior Show, KANE GARW TAMALE TADA 124H ET, was exhibited by Ethan Davies, Bowling Green, Ohio. This heifer was also named Reserve Grand Champion ShorthornPlus in the Open Show. The Reserve Grand Champion Shorthorn Heifer in the Junior Show, CF LADY CRSYTAL 15 PRIMO X ET, was exhibited by Haley Frazier, Jackson, Ohio. Kathy Lehman, Shelby, Ohio took home Grand Champion AOB Female in both the Open and Junior Shows with JSZC SCC LARISSA 111H ET. Lehman also exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion Chianina Heifer in the Junior Show, JSUL DAT PRIMO WHO 0134H ET. The Reserve Grand Champion Bred and Owned Hereford Heifer title in the Junior Show went to McKalynne Helmke, New Philadelphia, Ohio with WISE-MADEA. Helmke also exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion Simmental Heifer, WISE-BACARDI. The Reserve Grand Champion Limousin Heifer in the Junior Show was exhibited by Reed Hanes, Greenville, Ohio. Kendall Davies, Bowling Green, Ohio, exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion Simmental heifer, TJSC LILLY 47H, in the Junior Show.


The 2021 North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) was held Nov. 5-18 in Louisville, KY. Grand Champion Hereford Bull honors went to SSF KKH Ribeye 15U 017 ET, owned by B. J. Herman & Sons, Edgerton, Ohio; Mason Love, Baltimore, Ohio; and Todd, Kim and Kasey Herman, Lima, Ohio, and bred

by Todd, Kim and Kasey Herman. He was first named Champion Yearling Bull. Grand Champion Chianina Female, TSSC I’M GONNA BE 048H, went to Olivia Jones, Harrod, Ohio. Carly Sanders, Leesburg, Ohio exhibited the Grand Champion MaineTainer heifer in the Open Show, Kanes AB ET, who first took home Division 5 Champion Yearling Heifer. The Grand Champion Simmental Heifer, GBC XTB Hazel H03, was exhibited by Brian Searson, Kenton, Ohio in the Open Show. The Grand Champion Chianina Female in the Junior Show, BMW FRYE LUCY 312H ET, was exhibited by Allsion Underwood, Harrod, Ohio. The Grand Champion Bred and Owned Maine-Anjou Female in the Junior Show, YNOT SO SWEET HOLLY 50H e 513056, was exhibited by Hannah Topmiller, Pleasant Plain, Ohio. Topmiller was also honored with Premier Exhibitor and Premier Breeder at the MaineTainer Open Show. Reed Shumacher, Columbus Grove, Ohio, exhibited the Grand Champion Shorthorn Female in the Junior Show, HAHN ELIZABETH C2H ET. Reserve Grand Champion Charolais Bull honors went to LHC Outrigger 1281 pld, exhibited by Long Hall Cattle, Hillsboro, Ohio. Reserve Champion Bred and Owned Chianina Female in the Junior Show went to NSSC Secret Lady 36H, exhibited by Hanna Schoreder, Columbus Grove, Ohio. Reserve Champion ChiAngus Female in both the Junior and the Open shows went to Samantha VanVorhis, Bowling Green, Ohio with BMW Ace 422H ET VanVorhis also exhibited the Senior Champion ShorthornPlus

OCA’s Allied Industry Council Members ADM Animal Nutrition Dan Meyer 330-466-3281, Kevin Steele 330-465-0962 Ag Credit David White 419-435-7758 Ag Nation Products Bob and Marie Clapper 1-800-247-3276 | Ag-Pro Ben Butcher & Jenna Watson 740-653-6951 | Allflex USA, Inc. Dave McElhaney 724-494-6199 Alliantgroup Alltech Ryan Sorensen 440-759-8938 Armstrong Ag & Supply Dean Armstrong 740-988-5681 Baird Private Wealth Management Patrick Saunders 740-446-2000 Bane-Welker Equipment Makayla Eggleton, Karl Locascio 765-307-6752 Bayer Crop Science Adam Frantz 937-538-6892, Christina Howell 419-295-9247, Dan Hutchins 614-546-9603 BioZyme, Inc. Lori Lawrence 614-395-9513 Ty McGuire 937-533-3251 Boehringer-Ingelheim Brent Tolle 502-905-7831 Burkmann Nutrition Brent Williams 859-236-0400 Cargill Animal Nutrition/Sunglo Chris Heslinger 937-751-9841 | Central Life Sciences Kenley Rogers 330-465-9225 COBA/Select Sires Kevin Hinds, Bruce Smith, Julie Ziegler 614-878-5333 CompManagement, Inc. Tony Sharrock 614-376-5450 Cornerstone Veterinary Services Amgad Riad 567-510-4340 CPC Animal Health Devon Trammel 615-688-6455 Paul Alan Kinslow 615-604-1852 D&J Sales and Services Jon Jones 740-391-1246 DHI Cooperative, Inc. Brian Winters 1-800-DHI-OHIO, Tim Pye 912-682-9798 | M.H. Eby Inc./Eby Trailers Kirk Swensen & Steve Rittenhouse 614-879-6901 | Elanco Animal Health Jon Sweeney 515-249-2926, Jim Stefanak 330-298-8113 |

Elgin Service Center - K Buildings Doug Hemm 937-216-5620 WM. E. Fagaly & Son Inc. Ryan Greis, Chris McConnell 513-353-2150 | Farm Credit Mid-America Wendy Osborn 937-444-0905, David Sanders 740-335-3306, Tara Durbin 740-892-3338 Fennig Equipment Gary Fennig 419-953-8500 | Four Star Veterinary Service Taylor Engle 419-305-7494, Bryant Chapman 419-953-4523, Trey Gellert 419-953-4523 Heartland Bank Greg Woodward 614-214-3186, Chuck Woodson 614-839-2265 Heritage Cooperative Dale Stryffler 330-556-8465, Derek Fauber, David Monnin 914-873-6736 Highland Livestock Supply Ltd. Curt & Allison Hively 330-457-2033 | Hills Supply Frank Burkett 330-704-1817, Mick Heiby 330-9361340, Kaitlin Chaddock 330-205-8769 | www. Hubbard Feeds Barbie Casey | ImmuCell Corporation Bobbi Brockmann 515-450-2035, Kathy Becher 800-466-2035, Becky Vincent 330705-8755 Johnson Concrete Livestock Waterers Brad McCormick 402-463-1359 Kalmbach Feeds Jeff Neal 419-356-0128, Kyle Nickles & Cheryl Miller 419-294-3838 Kent Nutrition Group Patrick Barker 513-315-3833, McArthur Lumber & Post Stan Nichols, 740-596-255 Mercer Landmark Randy Seeger 419-230-9832, Joe Siegrist 419-305-2451, Travis Spicer 419-733-9915, Chad Knapke 419-733-6434 | Merck Animal Health Jake Osborn 937-725-5687 Seth Clark 330-465-2728 Multimin USA, Inc. Thomas Carper 540-336-2737 Murphy Tractor Eric Bischoff 614-876-1141 Brent Chauvin 937-898-4198 Nationwide Insurance Shawnda Vega 614-329-4500 www. New York Life Insurance Erin Stickel 419-344-2716

Ohio CAT Linda Meier, Brian Speelman, Courtney Bush 614-851-3629 | Ohio Cow Hunters Michael Hendren 740-404-3134, Chris Goodwin 740-823-2502, Carlie Milam 304-890-6788 Ohio Soybean Council Emilie Regula Hancock 330-232-6782 | PBS Animal Health Bridget Gillogly & Kevin Warrene 1-800-321-0235 | Priefert Ranch Equipment Steve Campbell 903-434-8973; 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 Quality Liquid Feeds Joe Foster 614-560-5228 | Reed & Baur Insurance Agency Jim & Paula Rogers 866-593-6688 | Ridgeview Reproductive Services LLC Patricia Parrish | 740-641-3217 Rod’s Western Palace Eric Seaman 614-262-2512 | Saunders Insurance Agency John Saunders, Scott Saunders, Brett Steinback 740-446-0404 ST Genetics Aaron Arnett 614-947-9931 | Straight A’s Nikki McCarty 330-868-1182 | Sunrise Co-op, Inc. Jay Clutter 419-305-3702 TransOva Genetics Emily Warnimont 712-722-3586, Lacey Murray, Amber Clark, Sabrina Clark 240-329-0159 Umbarger Show Feeds Jackson Umbarger 317-422-5195, Eric King 419-889-7443 | United Producers, Inc. Sam Roberts, Bill Tom, Hayley Maynard 1-800-456-3276 | Vitalix Inc. Travis Taylor 816-592-3000, Carmen Grissom 405-827-4912, Dusty Allison 308-254-6224 Weaver Leather Livestock Angela Kain & Lisa Shearer 330-674-1782 Karli Mast 330-674-1782 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 Zoetis Mindy Thornburg 740-255-0277 Leesa BeanBlossom 937-623-8111

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BREED NEWS Female in the Junior Show with CF NB Demi 024 Primo X ET. Reserve Champion ShorthornPlus Female in the Junior Show, KANE GARW TAMALE TADA 12 *xAR4308842, was exhibited by Ethan Davies, Bowling Green, Ohio.


The Buckeye Hereford Association hosted their annual Futurity Show in Mt. Gilead, Ohio on Oct. 3. Judge Tom Modro of Hillsboro, Ohio evaluated 54 head. Grand Champion Female, HFJ Mia Paige H312, was owned and exhibited by Ephraim Fowler, Salesville, Ohio. Reserve Champion, Female KT Olivia 206J, was bred and owned by Cramer Cattle, Ada, Ohio. The Grand Champion Cow/Calf Pair, Wilson 25Z Andrea 103C, was bred and owned by Wilson Stock Farm, Kensington, Ohio. The Reserve Champion Cow/Calf Pair, Wilson 5051 Amelia 138G, were also bred and owned by Wilson Stock Farm. Grand Champion Bull, Creek 109 411 Iconic 113J ET, was bred and owned by Creek Bottom Farm, Navarre, Ohio Wilson Stock Farm also took home Reserve Champion Bull with Wilson 17Y Andy 114J.


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

Lou Ellen Harr, Jeromseville, Ohio was elected to serve a four-year term on the American Hereford Association’s (AHA) Board of Directors during the Annual Membership meeting on Oct. 23, 2021 in Kansas City, MO. Harr, along with her husband, Jeff, and daughter, Keayla, own and operate J&L Cattle Services in Jeromesville, Ohio. Originally a custom fitting service with a handful of cows, the operation has evolved to about 100 females, including 70 registered Hereford cows, a handful of registered Angus cows and commercial cows used as recipients for their ET program. J&L custom raises and collects data on approximately 100 head of heifers for purebred clients. A small feedlot completes the enterprise with the fat cattle marketed on the rail to a source-verified program demanding Choice and Prime carcasses. The family also farms hay and row crop ground. Cattle carrying the JLCS prefix are marketed through a semi-annual sale, the J&L and Guests Sale. In addition to managing the day-to-day operations at J&L, Harr works more than 10 purebred Hereford sales per year where she helps sell cattle on a commission basis. She also teaches at the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute each fall where she educates college students about livestock evaluation and selection. Harr currently serves on the Ohio Beef Council, overseeing the state’s checkoff dollars. J&L Cattle Services was named Seedstock Producer of the Year by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association in 2018.


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The American Shorthorn Association (ASA) recently elected new officers for their nine-member board.

Dave Greenhorn of Waynesville, Ohio was appointed as the executive director.


The American Shorthorn Association hosted their Annual Awards Banquet on Oct. 23, 2021 in Kansas City, MO. Dr. Tom Turner of Somerset, Ohio was designated as a 2021 Builder of the Breed. The prestigious “Builder of the Breed” award recognizes Shorthorn breeders who have shown true dedication for a lengthy period of time and contributed to the stewardship of the Shorthorn Breed. This award recognizes their efforts in breeding and promoting Shorthorn cattle, which have added to genetic improvement of the breed. Dr. Turner exemplifies these qualifications through his dedication to the industry as a professor at The Ohio State University. During his tenure from 1979 to 2010, Dr. Turner coached 32 livestock judging teams and is the longest serving coach in the history of The Ohio State University’s program. Dr. Turner’s commitment to education is proven through his instrumental involvement in developing an endowment program securing the longevity of the livestock judging program. Shorthorns have been a part of the Turner family since 1948; Dr. Turner and his wife Susie maintain a Shorthorn herd of 60 cows and have sold cattle to 19 states. Dr. Turner is a past director for the American Shorthorn Association and currently chairs the 150th Celebration committee.



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Todd Pugh

instrumental in bringing out the BEST in OCA’s youth program By Amy Beth Graves While watching his daughter compete in the Ohio Cattlemen’s BEST program, Todd Pugh took in his surroundings, making mental notes of how the program was run and how it could improve. He tracked down Elizabeth Harsh, OCA’s executive director, and shared his thoughts. Next thing he knew, he was on the BEST committee, which is appointed by the Ohio Cattlemen’s board of directors. Shortly after that, he was named chairman and has held that position for the last 10 years. “The BEST program was good for my kids, and I believe in giving back and being involved. I’m going to be active and not just sit there. I want to make a difference,” said Pugh, who lives in northeastern Ohio and is the founder and CEO of Enviroscapes, one of the largest landscaping businesses in Ohio. Being involved and giving back has long been Pugh’s mantra. He currently sits on about a dozen committees, including a community foundation that manages several millions of dollars, economic development board, bank advisory board and Pro Football Hall of Fame board. His approach to the BEST committee is the same with his company and the Stark County boards he is involved with – identify prob28 | Ohio Cattleman | Winter Issue 2022

lems, seek out the best experts to solve issues or improve things and find ways to be sustainable. “The BEST program is great – it was just a matter of fine-tuning it. I’m a small hometown kid and am around a lot of successful people and I’ve learned from them how to make decisions,” he said. Started in 1999, BEST (Beef Exhibitor Show Total) recognizes Ohio’s junior beef exhibitors for participation and placings through a series of cattle shows that have consistent and ethical regulations. Over the years, Todd has been pleased to watch as the BEST program has not only become sustainable but grown exponentially. The 2020-2021 program had more than 800 industry youth and 675 head of cattle. “The BEST program is known nationwide. People are calling all the time asking how we do it and continue to get sponsors. When you have nearly 800 people show up at a banquet and the young people are excited to be there, that’s a sign you’re doing something right. We are blessed,” Todd said. As chairman of the BEST program, Todd has helped oversee a wide variety of changes to make it run more efficiently. He tapped into his decision making skills and advocated for

cutting some rules that he described as unenforceable, investing in software to make registration and payment easier and having a dedicated person run the program. “When you have a program that large, you need to have someone to coordinate it all instead of having OCA staff do it after work hours,” he said. “I highly respect Elizabeth Harsh and the OCA board for making tough but right decisions for the kids. It’s really a kids program, and we’ve always tried to do what’s best for the kids. Other states have struggled to grow because they’ve wavered in their decisions.” Todd said OCA’s investment in software was a key component in the program’s growth. Exhibitors are now able to register and pay online instead of standing in line at the shows, waiting to pay in cash. Because registration was a few days in advance, it made it easier for OCA to prepare for how to break up the different class groups. “The software investment took the program to new levels. It was like a business in a box and made it easier for volunteers and exhibitors,” he said. “Exhibitors are our customers and you need to treat them that way.” A few years ago, the BEST committee was looking for ways to showcase Ohio bred cattle when it came up with the idea of the Buckeye Breeders

had success at national shows, Series. The program recogincluding reserve champion nizes the top Ohio bred, born polled Hereford heifer at the and raised steers and heifers National Western Stock Show and the breeders in each breed in Denver. division at the Ohio Beef Expo “We call our cattle operation and a BEST show. This year it Pugh Central Station because was expanded to allow out-ofour place is the hub or central state juniors to participate if station for our kids and friends. they purchased Ohio Buckeye The cattle are a way to connect Breeders cattle. The BEST with other people and I invite program also recently started a them to walk with us among the stockmanship division as a way animals,” he said. “I’m always to enhance youths’ knowledge of looking for ways to advocate for cattle and allow them to showagriculture in the many circles case their talent outside the I travel in and promote agriculshow ring. ture in a positive light.” Having a large and diverse Each year, OCA teams up with EBY to provide one lucky The Pughs are big supporters number of sponsors for the BEST participant a year’s use of a livestock trailer. Pugh of their local fair, buying several BEST program also has been (right) is pictured here with the 2021 winner. show animals each year and key to its success, Todd said. sharing the meat with employ“At one point we only had a ees and customers at cookouts. couple of sponsors and it can be time he struck up a conversation with “I’ve started dragging some of my very volatile if one doesn’t come back. a 50-year-old college student who vendors to the fairs so they can see Sustainability is key and today we became director of grounds maintethe hard work that goes into raising have a diverse group of 8-10 sponnance at nearby Riverside hospital. animals. It’s resulted in more meat sors, which helps eliminate risk in the Todd got members of his agricultural buyers at the fair,” he said. “I like hirprogram,” he said. “I’m not afraid to fraternity to join him in taking on the ing employees who have participated ask for money because it’s an investjob of removing snow on the hospital in the BEST program, 4-H or some ment in our industry and our youth. grounds. other ag program because that’s where Kids are the future and there’s nothing “These were farm kids and when I they learn responsibility, marketing, more frustrating than seeing non-ag got the job, they came back to college presentation and so many other skills kids making agricultural decisions. The with snow plows on their broncos and that translate well for a business.” BEST program is our opportunity to farm tractors. We had $250,000 in Todd was recently honored with grow future leaders.” snow removal and I paid those guys OCA’s Industry Service Award for his Todd’s no-nonsense, common sense well,” he said. leadership in the BEST program and approach about the BEST program is College degree in hand, Todd his advocacy for the cattle industry. the same as for the company that he returned home and built his business “I was caught off guard and wasn’t started in high school. Growing up from six employees to more than 200 expecting this. I’m humbled for being on a 40-acre hobby farm, he was more with locations in Ohio, Kentucky, honored and it’s nice to say I’ve been into mowing grass than showing catPennsylvania and West Virginia. He a small part of helping the BEST tle. His dad encouraged him to stick said Enviroscapes is in the top 1% of program grow. It’s all about teamwork with landscaping but said he needed landscape companies in the nation. and we have a great board,” he said. the skillset to run a business and work It wasn’t until his children started Saying he’s accomplished the goals he with people and sent him to Ohio showing cattle for 4-H that he became set for improving the BEST program, State University where he got a degree interested in having animals. They Todd said he’s ready for the next leadin horticulture. While in college, Todd started off with Shorthorn steers but er to step in. kept his lawn care business going by then shifted to Angus and Hereford “There will be someone who has staying home spring quarter and his genetics, saying those bloodlines were fresh ideas and guidance and we’ll younger brother running it fall quarsolid in predicting breeding outcomes. know when it’s time for me to step ter. The proceeds helped pay for their He and his wife, Anna, went from aside,” he said. “Cattle is a hobby and education. building a barn for their three chila release for me because I’m dealing It was at Ohio State that Todd dren’s show cattle to starting Pugh with Fortune 500 companies during started networking with people and Central Station, a registered Angus the week and on projects. It’s nice building a customer and expertise and Hereford cow-calf operation with to come home and relax and see the base. One of his favorite stories is theabout 80 head near Louisville. They’ve cattle.”


Dr. Tony Forshey (DVM), 69, of Hebron, passed away on Nov. 26, 2021. Forshey was born in 1952 in Caldwell, Ohio and graduated from Shenandoah High School in Sarahsville, Ohio. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences from The Ohio State University and went on to receive a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from Ohio State. He was a member of the Johnstown Baptist Church and served in many community service roles. Dr. Forshey was a leader in animal health with a passion and commitment to agriculture and animal health. He practiced veterinary medicine for 27 years, with a major interest in swine production involving much of the Midwest. From 1985-2005, he was an Adjunct Associate Professor at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, mentoring Ohio State Vet Med students while maintaining his private practice. From 2006 to the present, he was a State Veterinarian and Chief of Animal Health with the Ohio Department of Agriculture. He held numerous leadership roles at the national level, serving on the Board of Directors for the United States Animal Health Association and Chairman of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture. Forshey’s professional memberships and affiliations were extensive including local, state and national organizations. On behalf of the Ohio Department of Agriculture and in the role of State Veterinarian, he worked side by side with Ohio commodity groups: Beef and Dairy Cattle, Cervid, Poultry, Swine, Small Ruminant, Equine Industry, Dog Breeders, Aquaculture, Future Farmers of America, 4-H and Ohio Fair Boards & Managers, and Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

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Some of his more recent honors and awards include the following: Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award 2021, NIAA Meritorious Service Award 2021, Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame Inductee 2020, Ohio Fair Managers Dedication and Service Award to Ohio Fair Managers and 95 Fairs 2020, NIAA Chairman’s Award 2019, and the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Beef Industry Service Award 2013. Forshey is survived by his wife, Jill, and their blended family including sons and daughters-in-law, Dr. Brandon and Dr. Melissa Forshey of Morral, Ohio and Brady and Dr. Ashlea Forshey of Pittsburgh, PA; daughters and son-in-law, Janelle Snyder of Omaha, NE and Jessica ( Jeff Mankel) Meehan of Birmingham, AL; and six grandchildren. He is also survived by 12 siblings. Dr. Forshey left a lasting mark on the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the state, and the nation.


Robert Hoovler, 69, of Belle Center, Ohio passed away on Nov. 28, 2021. He was born in 1952 in Mt. Vernon. Surviving are his three daughters, including Marcia Hoovler who is part of the cattle operation and two sons, in addition to many family members and four grandchildren, as well as his faithful companion: his dog, Buckeye. Hoovler was a lifelong farmer and worked as a cattle buyer for Egbert Livestock for 29 years. As owner of Rolling Hills Farms Simmentals LLC, Hoovler’s life revolved around his farm and cattle. He was a member of the American Simmental Association, the Ohio Simmental Association, the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, and the Hardin County Cattle Producers. He loved everything about being a cattle farmer. Even in his free time he would attend cattle shows and fairs.

Memorial donations in his honor may be made to the Ohio Jr. Simmental Association, 11203 Mullinix Road, West Salem, Ohio 44287.


John Neer, 98, of North Lewisburg, Ohio passed away Oct. 19, 2021 at his log home in Champaign County. He was born in Catawba, Ohio in 1923 and married Barbara “Jeanne” Dallas in 1945. Neer and Jeanne, who passed away in 2019, were married 73 years. He is survived by his daughter Susan of Bellefontaine, his sons, Kent of Marysville and Chris of West Jefferson, and an extended family that included ten grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren and eleven nieces and nephews. Neer graduated from Urbana Local schools in 1942. He farmed in Tipp City, Mechanicsburg, Woodstock and Mingo, raising hogs, registered Angus cattle and feeder cattle. He was a member of the Spring Fork Grange in Plumwood. Neer was a 4-H beef club advisor, a member of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, NCBA, the Woodstock Lions Club and the North Lewisburg United Methodist Church. Neer provided years of volunteer leadership for OCA, serving as association president in 1983 and 1984. He actively promoted beef at the county fair, Farm Science Review, the state fair and the Ohio Beef Council. He and his wife travelled to all fifty states and Brazil for the cattle industry. The Neers reconstructed a pre1820 log cabin on their property, which they rented for vacations and meetings until they moved there upon retirement. He enjoyed hunting and fishing on his property, as well as out west and in Canada. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation, 10600 US Highway 42, Marysville, Ohio 43040 or to the Woodstock Lions Club, 2335 St. Rte. 559, Woodstock, Ohio 43084.

was an accredited cattle judge and worked most state and national shows east of the Mississippi, in addition to the National Western in Denver. Reed was the first recipient of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association’s Beef Industry Service Award in 1981. He traveled and studied the agriculture industry in 17 foreign countries and 47 states. After retirement, Reed spent his winters in Florida, returning to the farm he loved in the summer. A memorial fund has been created at the Ohio State University Foundation - fund number 313911. Checks should be made payable and mailed to OSU Foundation, Attn: gift processing, P.O. Box 710811, Columbus, Ohio 43271-0811.


Randall Reed, 100, of Canaan Valley, West Virginia passed away on Sept. 6, 2021. He was born and raised on his 500-acre Highland View Farm in Canaan Valley where he was active in 4-H. “Randy” was the 8th of 9 children. He attended a one room schoolhouse and graduated high school in 1939. Reed served in the Navy during WWII. He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in animal science from West Virginia University (WVU), and later received a doctorate from Ohio State University majoring in animal science reproductive physiology and genetics. Reed served on the faculty of the Animal Science Departments at WVU, Rutgers University, and spent the majority of his career, 27 years, at Ohio State University. He coached the OSU Livestock Judging Team, winning the 1964 national championship competing against 38 other colleges and universities. Reed


Nicole Schultz of Waynesfield, Ohio was recently hired as the manager of consumer programs and digital marketing for the Ohio Beef Council (OBC). She has four years of digital marketing and event management experience and will graduate with a master of science degree in management and organizational behaviors in Dec. 2021. Schultz’s responsibilities will include oversight and implementation of digital, social media and visual content planning; engaging with media, industry and consumer food influencers; guiding advertising, retail and foodservice programs; management of outside partners and interns; and coordination of events and consumer displays.

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Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) Director Dorothy Pelanda announced Dr. Dennis Summers as Chief of the Division of Animal Health, which is charged with protecting and promoting the health of Ohio’s livestock and poultry industries. In that capacity, he serves as Ohio’s State Veterinarian and oversees all operations for the division. Dr. Summers first joined ODA in 2014 as a field veterinarian for the Division of Meat Inspection, then was transferred to ODA’s Division of Animal Health in the same capacity in 2015. He was appointed to the position of Assistant State Veterinarian in 2018 and then Interim State Veterinarian in 2021. Prior to his service at ODA, Dr. Summers was a private practitioner in Vermont, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. His areas of practice focused on large animal medicine and surgery, mainly dairy, equine, and beef, but also some small ruminants and exotics. Dr. Summers was born and raised in Muskingum County. He attended The Ohio State University for his undergraduate studies, majoring in Animal Sciences, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture in 2001. He completed his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine studies at OSU, earning his DVM degree in 2006. In 2019, Dr. Summers successfully passed the board-certification examinations from the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (ACVPM). This earned him the status of Diplomate from the ACVPM. ACVPM is a specialty discipline in veterinary preventive medicine.

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He also serves as a captain in the United States Army Reserve as an army medical officer. Dr. Summers and his wife, Angela, have three children. Dr. Kristy Shaw will serve as Assistant State Veterinarian. Dr. Shaw will support all functions of Ohio’s State Veterinarian and maintain her role as Emergency Preparedness and Disease Programs Coordinator to ensure the health and safety of Ohio’s livestock interests.


The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA ) has advocated for the development of the Ohio Meat Processing Grant program that will provide grants of up to $250,000 to Ohio meat processing facilities so they can implement processing efficiencies, expand or construct facilities at existing sites, assist in training and certification and improve harvest services. To be eligible, the business must own or operate a meat processing facility located in Ohio that was in operation as of July 1, 2021. The facility must provide processing services for livestock and/or poultry producers, and it must be a for-profit entity, such as a corporation, LLC, partnership, joint venture or sole proprietor. The business also must be in good standing with the Ohio Secretary of State, the Ohio Department of Taxation and any other governmental entity charged with regulating the business. For more information on successfully completing an application, login to the OCA Membership portal to watch the December Cattlemen’s Academy LIVE recording featuring John Werkman, Chief of the Business Services Division for the Ohio Department of Development, who will

walk you through the application. The grant application is now open and applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. More information is available at


The U.S. House recently voted to pass two NCBA-supported pieces of legislation that are critical to providing producers with greater transparency in the cattle markets. The House voted 418-9 to advance H.R. 5290, introduced by House Agriculture Committee Chairman David Scott (D-GA). This legislation, which was supported by Ranking Member Glenn “G.T.” Thompson (R-PA) and unanimously approved by the Committee, would extend authorization for livestock mandatory reporting (LMR) through September 30, 2022. The authorization for LMR — the most important tool cattle producers have for understanding transactions and trends in the cattle markets — is currently set to expire along with federal funding on February 18, 2022. By an overwhelming vote of 41113, the House also passed the Cattle Contract Library Act of 2021. NCBA secured the introduction of this bipartisan legislation in October, led by Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-SD) and Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX). The creation of a cattle contract library and the reauthorization of LMR are both widely supported across the cattle and beef industry. When livestock groups met in Phoenix earlier this year to identify common goals and priorities, those two measures were agreed upon as urgent.

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Cattlemen’s Academy LIVE Webinar via Zoom - 12 noon Scarlet & Gray Midwest Showdown BEST Show - Columbus, Ohio OCA Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet - Columbus, Ohio Ohio State Fair DNA Submission Deadline for Market Animal Show Cattleman at the Capitol - Columbus, Ohio The Weekend Spectacular BEST Show - Marion, Ohio Celebrity Showdown for RMHC of Central Ohio, Clark County Cattle Battle BEST Show - Springfield, Ohio Clark County Cattle Battle BEST Show - Springfield, Ohio

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Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show - Houston, TX Cattlemen’s Academy LIVE Webinar via Zoom - 12 noon DTS Cupid Classic BEST Show - Circleville, Ohio Summer Internship Application Deadline

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Cattlemen’s Academy LIVE Webinar via Zoom - 12 noon Holmes County Preview BEST Show - Millersburg, Ohio Ohio Beef Expo - Columbus, Ohio National Ag Day NCBA Spring Legislative Conference - Washington, DC


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OCA was invited to serve a beef lunch to Ohio State Football recruits before this year’s OSU vs. Penn State Game. The recruits and their families enjoyed being served hamburgers and beef hotdogs by Ohio’s cattlemen, and OCA volunteers were able to check-out the practice stadium and meet many involved with OSU athletics.

The 2021 Calving Clinics recently wrapped-up with a successful roadshow to Butler, Tuscarawas and Adams counties. These Calving Clinics are in partnership with The Ohio State University and couldn’t be possible without our many sponsors and guest speakers. Cattlemen and women of all ages enjoy getting hands-on with the calving simulator while learning about nutrition and genetics along the way. Dates for 2022 Calving Clinics are coming soon!

A large crowd was on-hand to bid on quality females at OCA’s Replacement Female Sale that took place on Black Friday at the Muskingum Livestock Auction Co.

OCA member Andy Korb of Butler County hosted a roundtable on December 9 at his farm and site of their future packing facility. At the event USDA announced it is deploying $100 million under the new Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan Program to make available nearly $1 billion in loan guarantees; these loan guarantees will back private investment in processing and food supply infrastructure strengthening the food supply chain. The funding was made available through the American Rescue Plan Act.

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Mark Goecke, right, OCA district 4 director from Allen County and chair of OCA’s Live Cattle Marketing Committee recently visited with USDA Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack about the importance of cattle marketing tools such as a Cattle Contract Library and reauthorization of Livestock Mandatory Reporting.

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