Junior Market Beef Weigh-in is set for Saturday, March 3, 2018

It’s that time of year again when local youth officially begin the first livestock project that’s destined for the County Fair!

Youth who plan to exhibit a finished market beef animal in the 2018 Fairfield County Junior Market Beef Show must have their animals weighed in, tagged, and nose printed on Saturday, March 3 at the Fairfield Cattle Company beginning at 8:30 a.m. The Fairfield Cattle Company is in Canal Winchester located on Bowen Road approximately ½ mile north of S.R. 33. Weigh-in will conclude at 11 a.m. that day, or whenever the animals in line at that time have been processed.

Exhibitors are also reminded that both steers and heifers are eligible to be exhibited as finished market beef animals. If five or more market heifers arrive and weigh-in at the Fair in October, a separate class for those heifers will be created. If less than five heifers are entered, they will be exhibited within their appropriate weight class along with market steers.

Again this year, to be eligible for the Continue reading

Beef School; Sustaining Market Access for Local Cattle, Including BQA!

Consumers are concerned for animal health, and the sustainability of the production systems their food’s raised in.

Age and source verification is already a requirement for beef exports to China

That’s according to one of the beef industry speakers at next week’s first session of the Fairfield County Beef School. However, perhaps what will be even more meaningful to local cattlemen in the years to some are the recent announcements by two U.S. beef industry giants.

Very recently, Tyson Foods, who harvest and process 25% of the US beef market share, and also Wendy’s, the third largest fast food hamburger chain in this country, announced beginning in 2019 the Continue reading

Cattlemen’s Scholarship Applications Due February 1

Again this year the Fairfield County Cattlemen’s Association will award a college scholarship to one local high school senior, as well as one to a current college or technical school student. Applicants must be a high school senior or currently enrolled in a college/university, junior college, or vocational/technical school, and must be a resident of Fairfield County. He/she or his/her parent/guardian must have Continue reading

Your “Chili with Beef!” Cookbooks are Here

The Championship of the County, Chili Cookoff with Beef cookbooks are in and ready for you to pick up!

You’ll recall the Fairfield County Cattlemen have hosted this unique event during the Fairfield County Fair each of the last three years. Now, all 73 award winning recipes that were entered in those competitions have been compiled into one great cookbook. Better yet, the cookbooks are available to you free, on a first come, first served basis.

To pick up your cookbook, beginning this Saturday, December 16, at 8:00 AM, all you need to do is Continue reading

Chili Cookoff, PeeWee Show, Best of the County and more; Added Up = a Great Fair!

Based on the number of participants in PeeWee Showmanship in recent years, it appears numbers in the Jr Beef Show will continue to increase!

In case you missed it, please know the 2017 Fairfield County Fair was a week that included lots of outstanding beef cattle related events and activities. None the least was the Cattlemen’s Steak Trailer, managed by Cathy and Paul Smith, serving ribeye sandwiches, cheese burgers, all beef hotdogs and beef sundaes with all the trimmings throughout the Fair!

On Tuesday at the Fair over the lunch break from the Jr Beef Show, 21 “PeeWee” cattlemen enjoyed participating in a Showmanship demonstration in the Feeder Creek Show Arena. Each of the young showmen enjoyed Continue reading

Chili Cook Off with Beef; Championship of the County, Round 3!

Last year’s Champions! Don’t be left out as this may be the last Chili Cook Off. The FCCA is hoping to explore a different beef recipe contest next year for your enjoyment . . . (rumor is, it might involve BBQ brisket next year!)

That’s right . . . the Chili Cook Off with Beef; Championship of the County returns to the Fairfield County Fair in October. The competition the past two years has been intense with a total of 50 pots of chili made with beef (as the only meat) being presented for judging on Thursday of those Fairs. This year’s event will again be held in the AGmazing Agri-Center near the Rickett’s Hall beginning at 2:00 p.m. on October 12, 2017 and is open to all Fairfield County residents.

The 2017 Chili cook off will again feature Continue reading

Cattlemen’s Cook-out, You’re Invited!

Don’t bring a thing but your appetite for great beef, and a chair to sit in!

The Fairfield County Cattlemen’s Association is hosting a cook-out and you’re invited! Mark August 19th on your calendar for an evening of great beef, fellowship, and relaxation after enjoying a challenging summer dodging the weather and all that Mother Nature has challenged us with. The best part is, the only thing you need to bring is your family and a lawn chair . . . ALL the food will be provided!

All Fairfield County Cattlemen’s members and their families are invited. Plus, Continue reading

Fairfield County’s Cattlemen Plan Summer and Fall Activities

Recently the Fairfield County Cattlemen’s Board of Directors met and made plans for a variety of upcoming activities they invite you to mark on your calendar and enjoy getting involved with:

Ohio State Fair Steak Barn and Food Pavilion: The Ohio State Fair is only two weeks away and there’s still time to be thinking about promoting your industry there. In fact, would you like to enjoy a day at the state fair and promote beef at the same time?

There’s no better way to promote the beef cattle industry than by helping out with a shift at the Ohio Cattlemen’s Steak Trailer or the Taste of Ohio/Food Pavilion? The shifts are half a day and require 6-8 people. While it may be a lot of work, it’s also a lot of fun! Better yet, it’s always quite an enlightening experience meeting face to face with your consumer.

In addition to getting a free ticket into the Fair and also a free meal, all volunteer groups will receive a 1-day Gate 10 parking pass that gets you parked on the grounds close to the both the Steak Trailer and Food Pavilion.

A few shifts in August for both the Steak Trailer and Food Pavilion remain available to volunteer for. If Continue reading

NCBA & OCA; What do they do for me?

The Fairfield County Cattlemen’s Association is one of more than 60 official “county affiliates” of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA). In turn, the OCA is an affiliate of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA).

In case you didn’t know, NCBA employs full time staff to represent the interests of the beef cattle industry in Washington D.C. In addition, each spring NCBA staff work with representatives of all the state affiliates – including Ohio – as they go to the Capitol to participate in the legislative conference.

The recent edition of NCBA’s Cattlemen to Cattlemen show embedded below highlights the Continue reading

29th Annual Banquet a Huge Success!

More than 100 local cattlemen and cattlewomen, young cattle producers, and beef cattle enthusiasts enjoyed the 29th annual Fairfield County Cattlemen’s Association Banquet and Annual meeting last Saturday evening. The fellowship enjoyed a banquet meal of beef tips and gravy over noodles, along with redskin potatoes, green beans and salad!

Those in attendance enjoyed celebrating another successful year of beef cattle production and promotion, watched as several youth were recognized, and also remembered two Continue reading