Be a Healthy Role Model for our Children

During this time of uncertainty, it can be hard to keep our families active and healthy.  I know I have found this difficult at times!  Thankfully, there are some resources available to help us during these times like these.  The website gives us a number of helpful ideas to help our families stay active and healthy.  Our children watch what we do, so here are some tips for us to be healthy role models for them!

One Simple Way to Help!

Turning on the news used to involve hearing weather reports and what was happening around our communities and the world.  However, lately these news stories are more confusing than ever.

You may be asking yourself, “what can I do to help?” One thing that all of us can do is washing our hands regularly with soap and water.  According to the CDC, Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, washing our hands can help protect us from illness and may reduce respiratory infections.

There are five steps suggested to us from the CDC, to correctly wash our hands.  This should be followed every time.

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

We should be washing our hands more often, even if we don’t think they are dirty.  We can’t see the germs that infect us. Washing our hands before and after we eat, after using the restroom, and before and after touching public items will assist in getting rid of these germs. Using hand-sanitizer should be used when there is absolutely no way to get a hold of soap and water. It is encouraged to use soap and water first, since hand-sanitizer kills bacteria but doesn’t wash it away.  Using soap and water, washes the germs down the drain!

Another healthy habit to consider is washing items and surfaces in our homes regularly.  Door handles, remotes, and light switches should be cleaned regularly as well.  Together with these simple steps, we can help our families and our communities become healthier.

We would love to hear your feedback on what song you hum while washing your hands. Email your comments to  While you are thinking about what song you can sing while washing your hands, please watch this brief video on hand-washing below.

By: Allison Lee

OSU Extension Clermont County

SNAP-Ed Program Assistant



“When and How to Wash Your Hands.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 3 Oct. 2019,

Meal Pickup Sites in our Community

We know that with the closing of schools, it can be tough to make sure our kids have enough to eat every day.  We have put together a small list of options to help your family during these times.  Please know that this list may not include all the options available.

Below are the following meal pick ups by School District. As these details can change, always check the School District website for the most up to date information.

Batavia Local Schools

  • Grab and Go pickup breakfast and lunch service is available from 9:30 am to 11:00 am at the following locations:
  • Batavia Elementary School– 3 Bulldog Place, Batavia Ohio 45103
  • Batavia Middle School– 800 Bauer Avenue Batavia, Ohio 45103
  • If you lack transportation or have other significant issues that are preventing you from picking up food at these locations, please email your building principal for assistance.

 Bethel-Tate Local Schools

  • Beginning March 18th, grab and go meal bags will be distributed two times per week on Monday’s and Wednesdays. Each day there will be two distribution times, 10:30 am – 11:30 am and 5:30 pm- 6:30pm.
  • Pickup location is the Middle School Red Building next to the tennis courts.
    • 649 W. Plane Street Bethel, Ohio 45106
  • Please note during Spring Break, March 23-27, this service won’t be available. It will resume Monday March 30th.

 Clermont Northeastern Schools

  • Grab and Go style breakfast and lunch for Monday March 16th, Tuesday 17th, and Friday March 20th. Tuesday’s delivery will include enough food for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. CNE Food Service will be accepting phone calls for any students that need direct delivery at 513-623-8484 or 513-625-1544. CNE will communicate food delivery plans for the week of March 30th by 5 pm on Sunday March 29th.
  • Look for the big yellow bus
  • Food drop off will be from 9:30 am – 11:00 am at the following locations:
    • CNE Middle School
    • Zebulon Park
    • Wayne Township Police Department in Newtonsville – Cross, Main Street, Wright
    • Owensville Commons – Owensville
    • Stonelick Park (right after Dam) – 727 and surrounding
    • Marathon United Methodist Church – 286, Weaver, Moore-Marathon, Bucktown
    • Jackson Township Building- Bucktown, Aber, Formin, and Moore-Marathon
    • Libbey’s Landscaping – Weaver, Quitter, Pennington, Meek Road
    • Old IGA Parking Lot – All of Owensville
    • Stonelick Township Building – Owensville
    • The Old Tollgate – Wild Rose, Milford
    • New Beginnings Church – Wilshire, Sutton, Belfast, Goshen
    • Harvest Church on 132 – 131, 132, Cedarville, Stonelick William Corner, Bass
    • Teen Challenge – Dry, Run Stonelick Williams Corner

 Felicity-Franklin Local School District

  • Felicity- Franklin Schools have partnered with the United Methodist Church and the Church of Christ to provide any child 1-18 years of age with lunch and breakfast.
  • Beginning March 17th on Tuesdays and Thursday’s pickup is located outside the United Methodist Church 421 West Walnut Lane Felicity, Ohio 45120 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Beginning March 18th on Wednesday’s pickup will be available at South Park from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Goshen Local Schools

  • See School website for information

Milford Exempted Village Schools

  • We will provide meals to students who need them through April 3. Families will pick up meals at Mulberry Elementary.
  • To order a meal, families are asked to call by 10 a.m. the day they plan to pick it up. Families will be assigned a pickup time. Pick up times will be staggered.
  • Families can indicate when they call if they intend to order meals for the week, or just for that day. To order a meal, or to ask a question, call (513)576-2290, or (513)576-4160, or (513)576-2291, or (513)576-2292. Leave a message with your first and last name if your call is not answered and indicate if there are any food allergies in the household.
  • Limited delivery is available – when you call to order please indicate if you need delivery.

New Richmond Exempted Village Schools

  • Beginning Monday, March 16, members of our food service department will prepare both breakfast and lunch packets for students. These packets will be delivered to multiple designated locations by members of our transportation department around 11:30 a.m. five-days a week during this extended break.

    The locations are:
    Richmond Estates
    2755 ST RT 132
    New Richmond, Ohio 45157

    Forest Creek
    118 Shady lane
    Amelia, Ohio 45102

    Hi View Estates
    2730 ST RT 222
    Bethel, Ohio 45106

    Lakeside Estates
    1560 Bethel-New Richmond Rd.
    New Richmond, Ohio 45157

New Richmond Christian Childcare
1126 Bethel-New Richmond Rd.
New Richmond, Ohio 45157

Moscow Community Center
30 Wells St
Moscow, Ohio 45153

New Richmond
Bandstand Canopy
116 Susanna Way
New Richmond, Ohio 45157

New Richmond                                                                                                                                                                                                             Plum Street Park (George McMurchy Park)
Located between Front Street and Willow Street
New Richmond, Ohio 45157

Chestnut Lane / Sugar Tree Rd
Mobile Home Park

Central Office
212 Market Street
New Richmond, Ohio 45157

Connection Point Church
215 Columbia Street
New Richmond, Ohio 45157

Birney Lane and Jacob Light Court, both near IGA

West Clermont School District

  • Meal pick up will be Tuesday March 17 and Thursday March 19.
  • Amelia Elementary – 5 East Main Street Amelia, Ohio 45102 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Clough Pike Elementary – 609 Brantner Lane Cincinnati, Ohio 45244 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • West Clermont District Office – 4350 Aicholtz Road Cincinnati, Ohio 45245 12:00 pm – 2:00 om
  • View traffic flow of each site on the West Clermont District site, please follow signage and staff members for directions on where you will pick up meals.

Williamsburg Local Schools

  • Meal pick up will be March 16- March 20 and March 30- April 3.
  • NO pickup March 23- March 27
  • Meals will be available for pick up for all students and families from the Williamsburg Middle School/High School Auditorium.
  • Lunch and Breakfast for the next school day, families will be packaged together
  • Families will be assigned pick up times between 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Please contact Nutrition Services at one of the following numbers to order meals for any or all days
    • Kathy King – 513-576-2290
    • Peggy Parsons- 513-576-2291
    • Gerry Levy – 513-576-2292
  • During Spring Break week the Clermont YMCA will be offering a free breakfast 8:30 am – 9:30 am and lunch from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Making Healthy Choices in our Community

We finished up another series of SNAP-Ed classes with the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities.   During the class we discussed how we can make healthy food choices on a budget and we learned how to make delicious meals and snacks!  Topics of the class were MyPlate, Dairy, Fruits & Vegetables, Protein, Grains and Food Shopping.

The recipes we made were all from Celebrate your Plate.  Celebrate your Plate is a free website that provides healthy recipes and kitchen tips.  We made a Gluten-Free Pasta Salad, Sunny Baked Eggs and Vegetables, Creamy Pumpkin Dip and Apples, Lettuce wrapped Apple Tuna Sandwiches and Nice Cream.  All the recipes were delicious and healthy!

While in the kitchen we also talked about kitchen safety, especially when using knives and cooking on the stove.  For a couple of the students, this was their first time using knives and cooking their own food!  It was great to see their excitement every week!

For more more recipes and cooking tips, check out  For more information on MyPlate, check out the website

Ohio’s proposed hemp rules are out

By Peggy Kirk Hall and Ellen Essman

OSU Agricultural & Resource Law Program

Ohio’s newly created hemp program is one step further toward getting off the ground.   On October 9, the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) released its anxiously awaited proposal of the rules that will regulate hemp production in Ohio.   ODA seeks public comments on the proposed regulations until October 30, 2019.

There are two parts to the rules package:  one rule for hemp cultivation and another for hemp processing.   Here’s an overview of the components of each rule:

  1. Hemp cultivation

The first rule addresses the “cultivation” of hemp, which means “to plant, water, grow, fertilize, till or harvest a plant or crop.”  Cultivating also includes “possessing or storing a plant or cop on a premises where the plant was cultivated until transported to the first point of sale.”  The proposal lays out the following regulatory process for those who wish to cultivate hemp in Ohio.

Cultivation licenses.  Anyone who wants to grow hemp must receive a hemp cultivation license from the ODA.  Licenses are valid for three years.  To obtain a license, the would-be hemp cultivator must submit an application during the application window, which will be between November 1 and March 31.  The application requires the applicant to provide personal information about the applicant, and if the applicant is a business, information about who is authorized to sign on behalf of the business, who will be primarily responsible for hemp operations and the identity of those having a financial interest greater than ten percent in the entity.    The cultivation license application will also seek information about each location where hemp will be grown, including the GPS coordinates, physical address, number of outdoor acres or indoor square footage, and maps of each field, greenhouse, building or storage facility where hemp will grow or be stored.  Cultivators must pay a license application fee of $100, and once licensed, an additional license fee of $500 for each growing location, which is defined as a contiguous land area or single building in which hemp is grown or planned to be grown.  All applicants and anyone with a controlling interest ithe hemp cultivation business must also submit to a criminal records check by the bureau of criminal identification and investigation.

Land use restrictions.  The proposed rules state that a licensed hemp cultivator shall not:

  • Plant or grow cannabis that is not hemp.
  • Plant or grow hemp on any site not approved by the ODA.
  • Plant, grow, handle or store hemp in or within 100 feet of a residential structure or 500 feet of a school or public park, unless for approved research.
  • Comingle hemp with other crops without prior approval from ODA.
  • Plant or grow hemp outdoors on less than one-quarter acre, indoors on less than 1,000 square feet, or in a quantity of less than 1,000 plants without prior approval from ODA.
  • Plant or grow hemp within half a mile of a parcel licensed for medical marijuana cultivation.
  • Plant or grow hemp on property that the license holder does not own or lease.

Hemp harvesting.  Licensed growers would be required to submit a report to ODA at least 15 days before their intended harvest date and pay a pre-harvest sample fee of $150.  ODA then has to sample the hemp for THC content, and only if approved can a cultivator harvest the crop, which in most cases must occur within 15 days after the sample is taken.  Failing to harvest within the 15-day window might require a secondary sampling and sampling fee.  A cultivator would be required to have a hemp release form from ODA before moving any harvested materials beyond the storage facility.

Random sampling.  The proposed rules also allow for random sampling of hemp by ODA and provide details on how ODA will conduct the sampling and charge sampling fees.  Any cultivator is subject to random sampling in each location where hemp has been cultivated. ODA will report testing results that exceed 0.3 THC to the cultivator, who may request a second sample.  A cultivator must follow procedures for destroying any leaf, seed, or floral material from plants that exceed 0.3 THC and any material that was co-mingled with the 0.3 THC materials, but may harvest bare hemp stalks for fiber.

Destruction of hemp.   Under the proposed regulations, a license holder must submit a destruction report before destroying hemp and ODA must be present to witness the destruction.  The proposed rules also authorize ODA to destroy a crop that was ordered destroyed, abandoned, or otherwise not harvested and assess the costs against the licensee.

Reporting and recordkeeping are also important in the proposed rules.  Licensed cultivators must submit a planting report on an ODA form for each growing location by July 1 or within 15 days of planting or replanting, which shall include the crop’s location, number of acres or square footage, variety name, and primary intended use.  The rule would also require licensees to submit a completed production report by December 31 of each year.    A licensee that fails to submit the required reports would be subject to penalties and fines. Cultivators must maintain planting, harvest, destruction and production reports for three years.

Control of volunteer plants.  A licensee must scout and monitor unused fields for volunteer hemp plants and destroy the plants for a period of three years past the last date of reported planting.  Failing to do so can result in enforcement action or destruction of the plants by ODA with costs assessed to the licensee.

Pesticide and fertilizer use.  The laws and rules that apply to other crops will also apply to hemp, except that when using a pesticide on a site where hemp will be planted, the cultivator must comply with the longest of any planting restriction interval on the product label.   ODA may perform pesticide testing randomly, and any hemp seeds, plants and materials that exceed federal pesticide residue tolerances will be subject to forfeiture or destruction without compensation.

Prohibited varieties.  The proposed rule states that licensed cultivators cannot use any part of a hemp plant that ODA has listed as a prohibited variety of hemp on its website.

Clone and seed production.  Special rules apply to hemp cultivators who plan to produce clones, cuttings, propagules, and seed for propagation purposes.  The cultivator can only sell the seeds or plants to other licensed cultivators and must maintain records on the variety, strain and certificate of analysis for the “mother plants.”  The licensee need not submit a harvest report, but must keep sales records for three years of the purchaser, date of sale, and variety and number of plants or seeds purchased.

Cultivation research.  Universities may research hemp cultivation without a license but private and non-profit entities that want to conduct research must have a cultivation license.  Cultivation research licensees would be exempt from many parts of the proposed rules, but must not sell or transfer any part of the plants and must destroy the plants when the research ends.

Enforcement.  The proposed rule grants authority to the ODA to deny, suspend or revoke cultivation licenses for those who’ve provide false or misleading information, haven’t completed a background check, plead guilty to a felony relating to controlled substances within the past 10 years, or violated the hemp laws and rules three or more times in a five-year period.

  1. Hemp processing

The proposed rules package by ODA also addresses processing, which the rule defines as “converting hemp into a hemp product” but does not include on-farm drying or dehydrating of raw hemp materials by a licensed hemp cultivator for sale directly to a licensed hemp processor.    Because of this definition, many farmers who want only to grow and dry hemp would need only a cultivation license.  Growers who want to process their licensed hemp into CBD oil or other products, however, must also obtain a processing license.  The processing rules follow a similar pattern to their cultivation counterpart, as follows.

Processing licensesIn addition to submitting the same personal, business and location information as a cultivation license requires, a hemp processing license application must list the types of hemp products that the processor plans to produce.   An “extraction operational plan” including safety measures and guidelines is required for processors who want to extract CBD from hemp to produce their product, and an applicant must indicate compliance with all building, fire, safety and zoning requirements.  The amount of the license fee depends on what part of the hemp plant the processor plans to process.  Processing raw hemp fiber, for example, requires a $500 license fee for each processing site, whereas processing the raw floral component of hemp requires a $3000 fee for each site.  Like the cultivation license, a processing license is valid for three years.  Applicants and those with a controlling interest in the business must submit to a background check.

Land use restrictions.  The proposed regulations would prevent a licensed processor from:

  • Processing or storing any cannabis that is not hemp.
  • Processing or storing hemp or hemp products on any site not approved by ODA.
  • Processing, handling, or storing hemp or hemp products in or adjacent to a personal residence or in any structure used for residential use or on land zoned for residential use.
  • Processing hemp within 500 feet of a school or public park, except for approved research.

Financial responsibility.    A licensed processor must meet standards of financial responsibility, which require having current assets at least $10,000 or five percent of the total purchase of raw hemp materials in the previous calendar year, whichever is greater, and possessing a surety bond.

Inspection and sampling.  As with cultivation licensees, hemp processing licensees would be subject to inspection and sampling by ODA under the proposed rule.

Food safety regulations.  The proposed rule requires hemp processes to comply with federal and state food safety regulations.

Sources and extraction of cannabinoids (CBD). A processor who wants to extract or sell CBD products must obtain the materials from a licensed or approved cultivator or processor in Ohio or another state with hemp cultivation licenses.  The regulation outlines components of the extraction operational plan that a processor must submit with the processing application, as well as acceptable extraction methods and required training.

Product testing.  A hemp processor must test hemp products at an accredited testing laboratory before selling the products.   The proposed rule describes the testing procedures, which address microbial contaminants, cannabinoid potency, mycotoxins, heavy metals, pesticide and fertilizer residue and residual solvents.  There are testing exemptions, however, for hemp used exclusively for fiber, derived exclusively from hemp seed and hemp extracts.  The testing laboratory must create a certificate of analysis for each batch or lot of the tested hemp product.

Processor waste disposal.  Under the proposed rule, a licensed processor must follow procedures for proper disposal of hemp byproducts and waste and must maintain disposal records.

Product labeling requirements are also proposed in the rule.  A processor must label all hemp products except for those made exclusively from hemp fiber as outlined in the rule and in compliance with federal law and other existing Ohio regulations for standards of identify and food coloring.

Recordkeeping.  As we’d expect, the proposal states that hemp processors must maintain records for five years that relate to the purchase of raw, unprocessed plant materials, the purchase or use of extracted cannabinoids, and the extraction process.

Prohibited products.  Finally, the proposed rules include a list of hemp products that cannot be offered for sale, which includes hemp products with over 0.3 percent THC by dry weight basis, hemp products which laboratory testing determines do not meet standards of identity or that exceed the amount of mytoxins, heavy metals, or pesticides allowed, and any hemp products produced illegally.

What’s next for the hemp rules?

Keep in mind that these rules are not yet set in stone; they are a simply a proposal for hemp licensing rules in Ohio.  Those interested in cultivating or processing hemp in the future should read the draft rules carefully.  The proposed rule for hemp cultivation is here and the proposal for hemp processing is here.  Anyone can submit comments on the proposed rules here.  Your comments could affect what the final hemp rules require for hemp cultivators and processors.  After ODA reviews all comments, it will issue its final hemp licensing regulations.

Federal law requires that after Ohio finalizes its rules, ODA must submit them to the USDA for approval.  That approval won’t occur, however, until USDA completes its own hemp regulations, which are due out in proposal form any day now.  Ohio’s rules will become effective once USDA approves them, hopefully in time for the 2020 planting season.  Stay tuned to the Ag Law Blog to see what happens next with hemp production in Ohio.

You can follow the Ohio Agricultural Law Blog here for the latest Ohio Ag Law updates. 

OSU Extension Beef Team News update week of 8/28/2019

Why Consider Backgrounding a Calf?

– Stan Smith, PA, Fairfield County OSU Extension

The recent packing house fire in Kansas has the potential to cause a backlog in feedyards that pressures feeder calf prices this fall. Backgrounding calves for later sale is an alternative.

Typically, when feed prices go down, we see feeder calf prices begin to climb as a corresponding move. That is, unless fed cattle prices are unstable or declining. A fire in a Kansas cattle packing plant just before a report detailing that the U.S. might have planted more acres of corn than earlier anticipated caused the perfect storm that allowed pressure on feeder calf prices at the same time as declining feed prices. With the time of year when the vast majority of U.S. feeder calves are weaned and marketed quickly approaching, there’s little time to develop a plan that might preserve or even enhance some of the value and profit in feeder calves that simply may not be in as strong of demand now as they might have been just a few weeks ago.

However, less expensive feed combined with the thought that calf prices can rebound in the coming months once we are past the seasonal tendency for lower prices and the damaged Kansas packing house comes back on-line offer incentive for developing a strategy to hold on to this fall’s feeder calves while also adding value to them.

To recap the path that’s brought us to this point, on Continue reading 

Management Considerations for Backgrounding Calves

– Steve Boyles, OSU Beef Extension Specialist

Consider a number of factors before retaining calves for backgrounding.

Backgrounding is the growing of steers and heifers from weaning until they enter the feedlot for finishing. Backgrounding and Stocker cattle are similar although backgrounding is sometimes associated with a drylot, and stockering cattle is thought of as pasture-based system.   However any system that takes advantage of economical feed sources can be investigated.

Why might someone consider backgrounding or growing cattle?

  • The producer has time and economical feed resources
  • The market at weaning is not as favorable and is investigating alternative marketing times
  • Some feedyards prefer buying/feeding yearlings. They can expect fewer health problems and can feed two turns of cattle in a year.
  • It could be a way of upgrading mismanaged cattle so as to add value.
  • Since the cattle can be on feed for several months, they can fit the preference by some feeders for preconditioned cattle

There are many Continue reading 

Investments for Animal Feeding: Fence vs Machinery

– Christine Gelley, Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator, Noble County OSU Extension

The more tools we have that maximize the days our animals graze while minimizing the days we feed hay, the better!

Years like 2019 can test farmers and ranchers to the brink of insanity. People in this profession have to be resilient to the unpredictability of the weather, the markets, and the general chaos of life. All year thus far, we have discussed many ways to adapt our animal feeding programs, pasture systems, and hay production to the far from ideal conditions we are facing.

By now, I hope you have read articles, listened to podcasts, watched videos, talked with your neighbors and your local ag educators about what to do next. Crop selection, site management, and soil health have been a huge topics addressed regarding cover crops for prevent plant acres, damaged pastures, weeds, poor quality hay, and feed shortages.

But, I’m going to take this article a different direction . . .

If you have Continue reading 

Reconnecting Cattle and Quail

– Jason Jones, Grassland & Grazing Coordinator, Quail Forever

Warm season grasses such as indiangrass and big bluestem can provide forage at a time when cool season grasses might be in a July/August summer slump.

The “Fescue Belt” is land dominated by non-native cool season grasses, primarily tall fescue. Cool season grasses, such as fescue and orchardgrass, thrive in April to early June and October to November. However, they have obvious drawbacks; and operations that rely exclusively on cool-season forages may find it increasingly difficult to stay above the bottom line.

When the summer is at its peak, cool season grasses can be very unproductive. In contrast, native warm season grasses peak during summer months (85 – 95 F). Warm season grasses are Continue reading 

Frequently Asked Questions about Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) in Farm Ponds used to Water Livestock

– Michelle Arnold, DVM-Ruminant Extension Veterinarian (UKVDL)

Water is the most essential nutrient in the diet of cattle and during hot and dry weather, it is especially important to monitor water quality if using farm ponds for livestock. What is a “harmful algae bloom” or “HAB”?

During periods of hot and dry weather, rapid growth of algae to extreme numbers may result in a “bloom”, which is a build-up of algae that creates a green, blue-green, white, or brown coloring on the surface of the water, like a floating layer of paint (see Figure 1). Blooms are designated “harmful” because some algal species produce toxins (poisons) when stressed or when they die. The majority of HABs are caused by blue-green algae, a type of bacteria called “cyanobacteria” that exist naturally in water and wet environments. These microorganisms prefer warm, stagnant, nutrient-rich water and are found most often in ponds, lakes, and slow moving creeks. Farm ponds contaminated with fertilizer run-off, septic tank overflow or direct manure and urine contamination are prime places for algae to thrive. Although blooms can occur at any time of year, they happen most often in the warmer months between June and September when temperatures reach 75 degrees or higher and ponds begin to stagnate. HABs can reduce water quality and intake, but more importantly, they can be deadly when ingested by livestock. Windy conditions can push algal blooms along water edges, increasing the risk for Continue reading 

Weekly Livestock Comments for August 23, 2019

– Dr. Andrew Griffith, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Tennessee

FED CATTLE: Fed cattle traded $3 to $4 higher compared to last week on a live basis. Live prices were mainly $106 to $109 while dressed prices were mainly $175 to $176.

The 5-area weighted average prices thru Thursday were $108.81 live, up $3.41 from last week and $175.02 dressed, up $4.56 from a week ago. A year ago prices were $109.08 live and $172.82 dressed.

The finished cattle market experienced a soft rebound this week following last week’s precipitous decline. A few dollars were gained back by cattle feeders, but they are still below where they were prior to the news of the Tyson fire. The story in all of this is what is happening in futures. The August live cattle contract has regained half of its losses but all the deferred con-tracts continue to be bottom feeders. The deferred contracts have failed to Continue reading 

OSU Extension Sheep Team News week of 8/28/2019

2019 Ohio State Fair Carcass Lamb Results

2019 Lamb Carcasses Final
For those directly involved in the livestock business, exhibiting your animals at the county, state, or national level is always an exciting venture. In Ohio, the Ohio State Fair is a great opportunity to allow our youth to showcase their summers hard work by exhibiting their market lamb projects. While winning a purple banners is the goal for most, we must not loose sight of what the ultimate end product will be from our livestock projects. This year, our team was able to capture the carcass results from the Breed Champion Lambs at the Ohio State Fair in real time using this unique video. Remember, regardless of the species, your livestock project goes beyond ring appeal.  For those of you with questions regarding carcass quality and evaluation, feel free to contact us. Enjoy!

Find the Right Cool-season Annual Grass

Michaela King, Hay and Forage Grower summer editorial intern
(Previously published in Hay & Forage Grower: August 20, 2019)

They say that repetition is the key to learning. Over the past several months, Extension educators and researchers have discussed and provided many options for producers to increase the amount of high quality forage that can use to feed their livestock with for the upcoming year. Be sure to take a quick look at this short piece as it quickly outlines some of the important basics of some common forages options and soil health considerations.

When Southern warm-season grasses go dormant and become unproductive, there are a wide variety of cool-season annual grasses that can be used to extend grazing periods into the winter and spring months. Continue reading 

Water Quality Problems that Affect Livestock Production

Sandy Smith, OSU Extension Educator ANR, Carroll County
(Previously published in Farm & Dairy, August 22, 2019)

(Image Source: Farm & Dairy)

We have all been really concerned with the effects that the unpredictable weather has had on forage production this year.

First, we had so much rain and even flooding that delayed forage growth and quality haymaking. Now we are experiencing areas of semi-drought conditions in some areas.

We all have had places in our counties that it rained 3 inches in one area and three miles down the road, or less as the crow flies, they may only have received a half an inch. Continue reading 

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A Day in the Woods Programming

Our next A DAY in the WOODS program “Timber Harvesting-Things to Consider” will be offered at the ODNR Complex at Zaleski State Forest on Friday, September 13.   Click on the following link to learn more about this program.  If you plan to attend please RSVP by September 9 so we can be sure to have a lunch for you. For our  2019 A DAY in the WOODS brochure  and maps at this link:

Image result for a day in the woods osu.eduPhoto from previous “Family Day in the Woods” event at Vinton Furnace State Forest as part of the Ohio Woodland Stewards program offered through OSU Extension. 

Once again we will be having a “Family Day in the Woods” at the Vinton Furnace State Forest.   This program is designed for kids of all ages and will take place on September 14 from 9 am to 3 pm.  For more information:


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Disease spread by mosquitoes is preventable in horses with proper vaccination

REYNOLDSBURG, OH (Aug. 29, 2019) – Ohio Department of Agriculture State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Forshey today confirmed one case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in a horse in Ashtabula County and is urging horse owners to contact their veterinarian to ensure the animal’s EEE vaccine and boosters are up to date.

“This is a serious disease and the most effective way to prevent your horses from getting EEE is to have the animals vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian,” said Dr. Forshey. “It is spread through mosquitoes and can also affect people, so taking steps to manage the mosquito population, such as eliminating standing water, will also help prevent EEE and other vector-borne viruses, like West Nile virus.”

The virus responsible for EEE is transmitted to horses by mosquitoes and attacks the animal’s central nervous system. In horses, onset is abrupt and usually fatal. Symptoms include unsteadiness, erratic behavior, a marked loss of coordination and seizures. Horses are particularly susceptible but the virus can also cause serious illness in people as well as other animals such as poultry and deer.

Because EEE can also be transmitted to humans by the bite of infected mosquitoes, animals sick from EEE are a sign that people should also take steps to guard themselves against mosquitoes by applying repellent and wearing protective clothing. The disease is very rare in humans, and only a few cases are reported in the United States each year. There are no confirmed human cases associated with this outbreak in Ohio.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture is working with the Ohio Department of Health and local health officials to monitor the outbreak. Suspect horse cases should be reported to a veterinarian as soon as possible. Citizens who are concerned about an illness should contact their physician.

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