Making Hay from Seeding to Harvest Workshop – April 3rd

Are you interested in learning more about hay production? The Hardin County OSU Extension office is having a workshop titled ‘Making Hay: From Seeding to Harvesting’ on April 3 from 6:30-9:00 pm. The location of the Extension office is 1021 W Lima Street, Suite 103 in Kenton. Topics taught during this program will include Continue reading

Ohio Cattlemen Seedstock Improvement Bull Sale Set for April 8

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) will hold its annual Seedstock Improvement Sale on Saturday, April 8 at noon at the Union Stock Yards Company in Hillsboro, Ohio. This year’s sale features 44 bulls from one year to five years of age. Breeds consigned include Angus, Simmental, Hybrid Simmental, Gelbvieh, Hereford, Maintainer, Red Angus, and Shorthorn.

Buyers attending this sale have the opportunity to Continue reading

Wildfire Relief; Ohio’s Cattlemen ask, “What can we do to help?”

By now you’re well aware of the devastating wildfires that destroyed most everything in their path on a million and a half acres across the states surrounding the Oklahoma panhandle. It goes without saying our thoughts and prayers are with the families that have suffered from the destruction of life and property resulting from these fires. Many have asked what can be done to help.

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association has reached out to the cattlemen’s associations in the states most impacted, and the response has been Continue reading

Are You Making the Beef Industry Great Again?

John F. Grimes, OSU Extension Beef Coordinator (This article appeared previously in the 2017 Expo issue of the Ohio Cattleman)

We are in the early days of the Presidency of Donald Trump.  Regardless of which side of the political fence you stand, I’m sure you will be closely watching the activity out of Washington D.C.  Based on the first few days of the Trump administration, the status quo will not be standard business as usual out of the nation’s capital.

I’m not sure that President Trump and his administration are going to have the luxury of a “honeymoon” period associated with the next four years.  It is obvious that Continue reading

Ohio Beef Expo to Celebrate 30th Anniversary

The Ohio Beef Expo, the premier event of Ohio’s beef industry, will take place beginning Friday and run through March 19 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio. This annual event, coordinated by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA), includes a kickoff social, breed sales, shows and displays, an educational seminar, 3-day trade show and a highly competitive junior show.

New and exciting things to note for the 30th Ohio Beef Expo include a Continue reading

Water Quality and Beef Sustainability Producer Survey

Water quality is important to sustainable beef production. Every day beef producers implement practices that improve water quality, reduce nutrients in surface waters, or have positive impacts on water quality through land use and pasture and range management. Some of these practices are encouraged through cost share programs by the USDA, but many others are implemented for a variety of other reasons.

To characterize water quality management practices implemented by beef producers and to assist NCBA in their Continue reading

DeNise Inducted Into OSU Animal Science Hall of Fame

On Saturday April 8, The Ohio State University Department of Animal Sciences will celebrate the achievements of those who have enhanced student education and enriched the animal sciences industry through the annual Evening of Excellence program at 5 PM at the Nationwide & Ohio farm Bureau 4-H Center on Ohio State’s campus.

This year, the Department will induct Dr. Sue DeNise, researcher, teacher and Continue reading

Ohio Beef School 2017, Webinar Series On-line

In case you missed one of the presentations from the 2017 Ohio Beef School webinar series, or would like to review any or all of the sessions, they are each linked below to an Adobe Connect recording.

Dr. Justin Rhinehart, Associate Professor, Extension Beef Cattle Specialist, University of Tennessee Department of Animal Science: January 17, 2017 presentation, Key Management Practices to Stay Viable (Dr. Rhinehart’s presentation may be found on the first 1 hour, 14 minutes of the recording linked here, http://go.osu.edu/BeefSchool17RhinehartRadunz) Continue reading

Ohio Beef School Concludes With Focus on Meeting Demand

Stan Smith, OSU Extension PA, Fairfield County

To say the least, suggesting it’s been a wild ride on the path to profitability in the cow-calf sector during this decade is an understatement. Beginning in 2009-10 cattlemen saw the most dramatic increase in cattle prices ever, to the point where we experienced historic highs in 2014-15. As would be expected, consumers experienced historic high beef prices in the meat case at this same time.

What might not have been expected was that while these lower beef supplies were causing historically high retail prices, demand for premium priced branded beef continued to climb at Continue reading

Integrated Carnivore-Livestock Workshop

Participants will hear from experts about the balance between livestock production, carnivore conservation and animal welfare at the upcoming Integrated Carnivore-Livestock Workshop. The workshop is sponsored by the Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT) during Discovery Theme Friday (2/24) 9-4:30 p.m. in the 11th Floor Campus Reading Room, Thompson Library on the campus of Ohio State University. Topics for discussion include Continue reading