Programs Explore Producing Live Calves, Resulting in High-Quality Beef

Cost has not been a deterrent . . . consumers want high quality beef!

Beef cattle educational programs planned for early in 2020 have been designed to help Ohio cattlemen take full advantage of what’s expected to be continued strength in the beef cattle sector throughout the coming year.

Despite total U.S. beef production being up in 2019 over last year, demand for beef remains strong. While the progress with recent trade agreements certainly bodes well for prices, much of the strength in demand domestically is for high-quality beef as indicated by a weekly Choice-Select spread that has averaged $22.84/cwt. since June, compared to $12.09/cwt. for the same period last year.

Over this decade, cattlemen have made significant progress in the quality of the product we’re producing. While the industry averaged 61% Choice and 3% Prime in 2010, we’re ending this decade with 71% of our cattle grading Choice and 8.5% Prime . . . yet, it’s not enough to meet demand!

As we enter a new decade, local cattlemen have several opportunities this winter to explore ways to meet the demands we’re seeing for high-quality beef. Realizing that genetic choices and nutrition management during gestation not only impact the odds of birthing a live calf, but also the odds of that calf eventually grading Choice or Prime, these far reaching programs will be of value to both cow/calf and feedyard owners. Make plans now to attend as many of these sessions as possible.

January 20, 2020, 6 p.m., OSU Animal Science Building, Columbus Campus
OCA Cattlemen’s Academy; focusing on bull selection, nutritional management of the prepartum cow, calving facilities, determining calf presentation and calving assistance techniques.

January 30, 2020, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Claylick Run Farm Sale Facility, near Newark, Licking County
Ohio Beef Cow/Calf Workshop session #1 focusing on Continue reading

Beef, and the Fair!

With the Fair less than two weeks away, make your plans now to attend, and participate, and enjoy!

First, as always, the Fairfield County Cattleman’s Association “Steak” Trailer will be in it’s usual location – northwest of the track and across from the beef barn – serving the best beef sandwiches on the grounds. This year’s menu again features two great old-time favorites . . . the Cattleman’s ribeye steak sandwich, and the 6 oz. cheeseburger! Perhaps best of all, the menu features locally grown beef, harvested and processed right here at Bay Packing, and served by the folks who are involved in raising it. If you and your family would enjoy serving a shift in the trailer, there are only a few shifts remaining available. Simply check in with local Cattlemen’s Association President Ray Breagel (740-503-3120) and he’ll get you signed up. The majority of the proceeds from the Steak Trailer go to support local Continue reading

Beef Barn Sponsor Provides Mulch Bedding!

Thanks to Aaron Bickle for sponsoring the mulch bedding for the beef barn!

When it was announced last spring that beef exhibitors at this year’s Fairfield County Fair would need to bring their own bedding, the Directors of Fairfield County Cattlemen’s Association went to work in an effort to secure a sponsor for the barn, including the mulch bedding. Today, the Cattlemen are pleased to announce that Aaron Bickle of Bickle Insurance Services has generously agreed to be the sponsor of the Beef Barn for the 2019 Fairfield County Fair, and provide free mulch bedding for each exhibitor!

The Cattlemen have made arrangements for the mulch to be delivered to the Fairgrounds and the Fair Board has agreed to have the mulch bedding placed into the beef barn by mid week, prior to the Fair. However, in order to provide the mulch, the Cattlemen and the Beef Show Superintendents need to know how many head each exhibitor or club plans to house at the Fair.

In order that stalling assignments can be made, and to receive the free mulch and it be placed in the barn prior to the fair, each exhibitor’s advisor was asked to  Continue reading

The Steak Trailer; Featuring local beef served by the Cattlemen who raise it!

The Warthman’s will be at your service during the first shift on Sunday, the 6th!

Years ago, innovative merchandisers such as Colonel Sanders, Bob Evans, and Orvil Reddenbacher discovered the benefit of associating the face of the producer to the product that was being marketed. The same benefits are evident at “commodity” food stands located at places like State and County Fairs . . . none the least of which is the Fairfield County Fair. It can only add to consumer confidence in a product when they know producers and their families are willing to “show their face” at the point of Continue reading

Cattleman’s Summer Picnic!

Make plans now to join us for a late summer cattleman’s picnic on Saturday, August 17. This is a joint effort of Ohio’s Shorthorn breeders and the Fairfield County Cattleman’s Association. The whole family is invited! Hosted by the Logsdon family at Foster Farms (6355 Julian Road, Amanda), this will be an opportunity to relax and visit with not only local cattlemen, but also other cattlemen from across Ohio.

Fellowship will begin at noon with lunch served at 1 p.m. Meat, drink and paper products will be provided . . . all you need to bring is a covered dish or desert to share, and your lawn chair.

As you know all too well, hay quality became a huge concern for cattlemen last winter. Considering the weather we experienced this spring, early indications are that overall hay quality is even worse this year. Shortly after Continue reading

Hay Quality is Poor!

A forage probe for sampling hay might be the most valuable tool you can use in 2019!

To suggest that it’s been challenging to get quality hay made this year is an understatement. Much like last year, until near the end of June it was nearly impossible to find enough days in a row that allowed for the harvest of dry hay. In fact, the National Ag Statistics Service (NASS) has estimated that only 60% of Ohio’s first cutting hay harvest was completed by the first of July.

To further confirm concerns for the quality of much of the hay that’s been harvested, a recent forage analysis on some Fairfield County mixed grass hay that was mowed on June 25th and baled on June 29 – after also getting lightly rained on once – came back showing 6.85% protein and 38.02% TDN (total digestible nutrients) on a dry matter basis. The ADF (acid detergent fiber) was 51.63% and the NDF (neutral detergent fiber) was 65.51%.

While that level of protein might be tolerable for a dry cow in mid-gestation, the other quality factors indicated by this sample of hay – TDN, ADF and NDF – indicate that when fed as long stem hay, even when offered in unlimited amounts, it simply won’t satisfy the total nutritional requirements of a cow at any time during the year. That includes Continue reading

Jr. Market Beef Exhibitor Numbers Grow Again in 2019!

On March 9, 2019, fifty three 4-H and FFA members weighed in a total of 77 beef feeder calves in preparation for the 2019 Fairfield County finished market beef junior show. Of the 77 head tagged in on Saturday, 7 were heifers and 42 were bred, born and raised here in Fairfield County. Show Superintendent Chris Turner along with Senior Fair Board and Fairfield County Cattlemen Association members volunteered with tagging, weighing and nose printing each of the calves at the new Fairfield Cattle Company near Lancaster.

The average weight of all 77 calves weighed in was 748 pounds. Fifty three exhibitors placing calves on feed in March for this project is the largest number since Continue reading

Celebrate Beef at the 31st Annual Fairfield County Cattle Banquet

A huge crowd enjoyed the 2018 benefit auction with Colonel James Mills doing the honors!

Make your reservation today! The 31st annual Fairfield County Cattleman’s Association banquet and annual meeting will be held Saturday, March 9 in the Fairfield County Ag Center (831 College Avenue, Lancaster) with registration beginning at 6 p.m. Supper will feature roast beef, noodles & beef, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad and desert, all prepared and catered by TC Market.

Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for children under the age of 12. Youth 5 and under are free. Plus, all 2018 Fairfield County Junior beef exhibitors will be admitted free!

The evening’s festivities will include the Continue reading

Beef School, Scholarship, Banquet, and Jr. Beef Weigh-in

Despite the weather, it’s the time of year for meetings, banquets and other beef related activities. Be sure you (and our youth) have these items on the calendar:

  • The Ohio Beef School webinar will be downlinked in the Fairfield County Ag Center on Tuesday, February 5 beginning at 7 p.m. Note this is also the date of a local Pesticide REcertification session. For producers who can’t attend Beef School on the 5th, a recording will be made available shortly after the live broadcast on the 5th. Find more information here.
  • Fairfield County Cattlemen’s Association Scholarship: High School seniors and current college undergraduates are invited to apply for the 2019 FCCA College $500 scholarship. Deadline to apply is February 10, and the award will be announced during the 31st annual FCCA Banquet on March 9. Download the application that’s linked here (best viewed in Chrome or Explorer).
  • On Saturday, March 9, Junior Fair Market Beef weigh-in and tagging will be held at the new Fairfield Cattle Company facility located at 3443 Cincinnati-Zanesville Road, Lancaster. As in the past, processing cattle will begin at 8:30 a.m., but note the new date . . . March 9, the second Saturday in March! Find more detail here.
  • The Fairfield County Cattlemen’s Association 31st annual Banquet and Meeting will be held in the Ag Center on March 9 beginning at 6 p.m. As always it will be a great evening of fun and fellowship. Mark your calendar and more details will be available soon.

Also, be sure to get the Ohio Beef Expo, March 15-17, on your calendar.

NCBA’s Colin Woodall Reacts to the 2018 Election Results

On behalf of it’s members, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) maintains full time staff in Washington to represent the interests of the beef cattle industry. In this week’s Beltway Beef podcast that is produced by NCBA’s Washington staff, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, Colin Woodall, reacts to Tuesday’s midterm election results – both what they may mean for the industry in the upcoming lame-duck session and also when Democrats retake control of the U.S. House in January.

Hear what Woodall had to say by clicking on the red button below: