Ohio Beef Day to be held in Muskingum County

Garth Ruff, Beef Cattle Field Specialist, OSU Extension

Plan to attend, register today!

Field days have long been a great educational tool used to show farmers new technologies and management practices. OSU Extension is pleased to announce the return of a statewide Ohio Beef Cattle Field Day. It has been several years since an Ohio Beef Field Day has been held, and the program will make it reappearance in Muskingum County on Saturday July 16, 2022.

In order to see several aspects of beef cattle production this event will begin a Muskingum Livestock, 944 Malinda St. Zanesville where we will gather before departing on a multiple stop tour in the Adamsville area. The tour will depart with attendees driving their own vehicles as we caravan from one stop to the next. We recommend carpooling as much as possible due to limited parking at one of the tour stops.

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Plan Now for Tenth Annual OCA Replacement Female Sale

This year’s sale will be held on November 25 in Zanesville

The 2022 date for the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) tenth annual Replacement Female Sale will be Friday evening, November 25. The sale will be held at the Muskingum Livestock Auction Co. in Zanesville, Ohio and will begin at 6:00 p.m.

The tenth edition of OCA Replacement Female Sale will provide an opportunity for both buyers and sellers to meet the need for quality replacements in the state. Consignments may include cow-calf pairs, bred cows and bred heifers. Females must be under the age of five as of January 1, 2023 and may be of registered or commercial background. Bred females must be bred to a bull with known EPD’s and calves at side of cows must be sired by a bull with known EPD’s. Pregnancy status must be verified by an accredited veterinarian through traditional palpation, ultrasound or by blood testing through a professional laboratory. Analysis must be performed within 60 days of sale. Consignments will also be fulfilling of specific health requirements.

Why discuss a sale that is several months away? The middle of the Continue reading

Beef Quality Assurance Training

Mark Badertscher, OSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator, Hardin County

Join us on May 31st

Join Hardin County OSU Extension for a Beef Quality Assurance certification training scheduled for Tuesday, May 31 from 7:00-8:30 pm at the Extension office located at 1021 W Lima Street in Kenton. Beef Quality Assurance training is for beef cattle producers, needing to recertify or certify to sell cattle at auctions and other markets. Many of the major beef processors, auctions, and other markets began requiring producers to have a BQA certificate at the beginning of 2019. Beef Quality Assurance certification is for a period of three years and was previously held in Kenton in December 2018 and February 2021. Several local producers need to recertify in addition to any cattle producers who need to gain BQA certification for the first time.

Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) does more than just help beef producers capture more value from their market cattle. BQA also reflects a positive public image and instills consumer confidence in the beef industry. When producers implement the best management practices of a BQA program, they assure their market steers, heifers, cows, and bulls are the best they can be. Today, the stakes are even higher because of increased public attention on animal welfare. BQA is valuable to all beef and dairy producers because it Continue reading

Hold the Date; Ohio Beef Day coming to Muskingum County July 16

Plan to attend, register today!

Field days have long been a great educational tool used to show farmers new technologies and management practices. OSU Extension is pleased to announce the return of a statewide Ohio Beef Cattle Field Day and Tour. It has been several years since an Ohio Beef Field Day has been held, and the program will make it reappearance in Muskingum County on Saturday July 16, 2022.

Pre-registration for the program is required and can be completed online at go.osu.edu/2022beefday by July 7. The program fee is $10 per person to cover costs. An information folder, refreshments, lunch, and Beef Quality Assurance certification will be provided to all attendees. More detail will be forthcoming as the date approaches but in the meantime if there are any questions regarding the program contact Garth Ruff, Beef Cattle Field Specialist at ruff.72@osu.edu or 740-305-3201.

We hope to see you in Muskingum County on July 16!

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Join us for “Beef Team Live” on April 11

Ask a Beef Team member your question now!

The 2022 OSU Extension Beef Team’s Virtual Beef School series concludes on April 11 with a Live roundtable featuring the Team’s members. Beginning at 6 p.m. that evening participants will have the opportunity to ask the Extension Beef Team their beef cattle management questions and receive responses live throughout the webinar broadcast.

While members of the Team will accept questions throughout the virtual broadcast, you are also encouraged to submit questions in advance of the 11th by following this link to a simple “Ask your question” survey.

If you’ve not yet registered to participate in the 2022 Virtual Beef School sessions, including BEEF Team Live on April 11, go here now: http://go.osu.edu/beefschool22

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Roe Inducted into OSU Animal Science Hall of Fame

On April 14th, 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 Hall of Fame ceremony.  Several prestigious student awards will also be presented.

This year, the Department will induct Bev Roe, Angus cattle producer, into the Animal Sciences Hall of Fame.  Recipients of the Animal Sciences Hall of Fame have demonstrated superior skill and achieved success in the field of Animal Science for themselves and their families.  They have also practiced service to others through giving their time, energy and thoughtfulness in the local community.

Beverly (Bev) Wagner Roe received her undergraduate degree in 1975 in Animal Science and Agricultural Communications. Bev’s roots run deep in Ohio Agriculture.  She was raised on a family farm with Continue reading

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Join us March 21 for a Herd Health Management Update with Dr. Justin Kieffer

Join us virtually on March 21st

Many health challenges on the farm can be avoided with proper herd health management, including vaccinations, treatment, and biosecurity. On Monday, March 21st  Dr. Justin Kieffer, Clinical Veterinarian for the Department of Animal Sciences at OSU will be providing a Beef Herd Health Management update. Starting at 6:00 p.m. Dr. Kieffer will discuss vaccination protocols for both cows and calves, and how to best implement a vaccination program. Also, some emerging herd health issues including pink eye, anaplasmosis, and antimicrobial use will also be covered. If you have questions regarding cattle health, bring them with you to ask Dr. Kieffer after his presentation.

If you’ve not yet registered for the 2022 Virtual Beef School sessions, go here now: http://go.osu.edu/beefschool22

BQA and many more upcoming Beef Opportunities

Allen Gahler, OSU Extension, Sandusky County

Are you due to be REcertified?

Opportunities abound to educate yourself and become a better beef producer throughout February, March, and early April.  Some online webinars, some in person classroom style meetings, and even some on farm workshops will be taking place all around Ohio, courtesy of the OSU Beef Extension team and several county educators.

Perhaps the most critical of those meetings to attend for many Ohio producers are the Beef Quality Assurance training sessions.  Anyone who has not already been BQA certified and intends to sell cattle of any kind this year or any time in the future, no matter what type of sale method will be used, should consider getting certified as soon as possible.  This not only benefits you as a producer by opening up marketing opportunities because you are certified, but it assures your potential customers that you value the use of humane, sustainable, and wholesome beef production practices.  In fact, rather than opening up marketing opportunities, today BQA certification should be viewed as a necessary tool in your Continue reading

Mid-Ohio Small Farm Conference; Sowing Seeds for Success

Register today!

No need to feel alone in the field. Our new and small farm conferences provide connections that will last long after the event.

  • Do you own a few acres that you want to be productive but you’re not sure what to do?
  • Do you have a passion for farming and turning your piece of this wonderful earth into a food producing oasis?
  • Do you own land or forest that you’re not quite sure how to manage?
  • Do you raise or produce products that you would like to market and sell off your farm but you’re not sure how to make it successful?

If you’re asking yourself these questions, this conference is for you! Targeted to new and small farm owners, we cover topics like Continue reading

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Soil Health and Regenerative Ag with Ray Archuleta

Amanda Douridas, Champaign County Ag and Natural Resources OSU Extension Educator

Archuleta is a Certified Professional Soil Scientist who has over 30 years of experience as a soil conservationist, water quality specialist and conservation agronomist.

Soil health has always been an important part of the sustainability of a farm. Each year we learn more about the conditions in which soils thrive and what BMPs can be implemented to ensure we are improving the soil, rather than degrading it.

Ray Archuleta has spent his career researching and teaching soil health. He is a Certified Professional Soil Scientist who has over 30 years of experience as a soil conservationist, water quality specialist and conservation agronomist with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). Since retiring, he founded Understanding Ag, LLC and the Soil Health Academy, LLC. Through these organizations, he teaches biomimicry strategies and agroecology principles to improve soil function. He also operates a 150-acre farm with his family in Missouri.

On February 24, Archuleta will Continue reading

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