How to be the BEST

BEST (Beef Exhibitor Show Total) is a youth program of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) that recognizes Ohio’s junior beef exhibitors for participation and placings through a series of sanctioned cattle shows that include showmanship competitions.

The BEST program is coordinated by a committee that is appointed by the OCA board of directors. BEST provides an environment for friendly competition and success while serving as an opportunity to create the next generation of leaders by educating juniors on beef industry issues, promoting family membership and participation in the OCA and rewarding the successful accomplishments and hard work of Ohio’s young cattlemen. Additional areas of opportunity are offered through BEST with Junior Representative positions, scholarships and a photography competition for participants to showcase their talent.


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-a-thon), Clark County Cattle Battle – Saturday, Jan. 29
  • Fitting Contest, DTS Cupid Classic – Friday, Feb. 11
  • Judging Contest, Ohio Beef Expo – Friday, March 18

All of this information and much more is also available on our website at WWW.OHIOCATTLE.ORG/BEST.

Ractopamine Swine Exhibitors

We know it seems like forever ago, but there is still a concern about Ractopamine products in the show swine industry. However, we have the materials you need to be prepared for this year’s fair. Located on our county website are several documents that help explain what Ractopamine is, how to provide good nutrition practices, and two forms that declare non-use of the products containing Ractopamine.

One form is for the producer to complete (who you purchased your hogs from). The other form is for the parent or guardian to complete upon arrival to fair. If you raised your own hogs, you just need to complete the parent or guardian form. All materials can be found at this link: under Swine Materials.

If you have any questions, please contact the OSU Extension office at 740-962-4854.

All About Birds

Looking for Poultry Resources?

Check out the Ohio 4-H website:

Visit Franklin County Blog for a video on Backyard Poultry Production:

Also, there is a Top Ten Backyard Poultry Diseases Free Class on Tuesday March 16th @ 7pm. Be sure to register for this fun and unique opportunity to talk to a veterinarian about poultry diseases:

Poultry SPIN Club Opportunity

We realize there is a quick turnaround, but we are hosting a Poultry SPIN Club opportunity for all poultry exhibitors!

We invite youth ages 8-18 to learn about all things poultry! Sessions will cover breeds, basic knowledge, housing, equipment, handing, showmanship, common health concerns, bio-security, and nutrition. We will take a virtual field trip, learn about careers, and marketing in the poultry industry. The club will meet Mondays and Wednesdays starting on Monday, June 8th – Wednesday, July 1st at 1pm. The cost is free and location is from the comfort of your own home/computer. To register go to Once registered, participants will receive a zoom link for the sessions. Space is limited, and there is no time to waste!