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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 youth through the Jr. Fair Market Beef Sale, college scholarships and other beef related activites.

This year the Cattlemen are proud to place this bench at the Fairgrounds in memory of Patty DeBruin.

On Monday, be sure you visit the AGmazing Building on the north side of the grounds over the noon hour and enjoy the Lancaster Culinary Arts class with their Plate Your Steak Celebrity cook-off. Featured will be lots of ribeye steak samples and the opportunity to visit with the young people about how to properly prepare your steak. Many thanks to the Ohio Beef Council for participating by providing funding, in part, for this activity.

If you enjoy a good Dairy Beef Feeder Calf show, that kicks off Tuesday’s full day of beef show activities beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the round dairy barn. Also on Tuesday the 8th, the Junior Beef Show will begin at 10 a.m. with Senior Showmanship in the Feeder Creek Show Arena north of the track. Showmanship will be followed by the breeding beef show.

PeeWee Showmanship, held during lunch break in the FeederCreek Show Arena, is always a highlight on Tuesday!

Back by popular demand, 20+ little cattlemen and women will participate in PeeWee Showmanship over the lunch break on Tuesday. If you’d enjoy a preview of what’s coming in future years, this exhibition by our up and coming very young cattle producers will entertain you as well.

Following PeeWee Showmanship and after the lunch break, the beef feeder calves will be in the ring followed by the market beef show. In addition to the Grand and Reserve Champion Market Beef animals, your Champion Bred, Born and Raised right here in Fairfield County market animals will also be selected.

On Thursday morning the open beef show begins at 10 a.m. in the Feeder Creek Arena. Featured again this year will be the Best of Fairfield County Bred, Born, Raised & Registered Beef Cattle class. After you’ve enjoyed the open beef cattle show, be sure to hang around for Junior Fair Livestock Sales that kickoff with the market steers and heifers at 5:00 p.m. on the 10th in the Feeder Creek Arena.

To conclude the beef related activities for the week, the 33rd annual open class “Mt Pleasant Show Down” feeder calf show will get underway at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. Entries are accepted on show day and all the rest of the details can be found linked here.

See you beginning October 6th at the Fair!

Visit the Cattlemen’s Steak Trailer and be served by those involved in growing your beef!

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 consumption.

Proud to have the folks at Bay providing all our meat for the week!

With the Fair only weeks away this is a great opportunity to mention 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. This year’s menu features the same two great old-time favorites everyone has come to enjoy . . . the Cattleman’s ribeye steak sandwich, and the best 6 oz. cheeseburger found anywhere! As always, the menu will feature locally grown beef, harvested and processed right here at Bay Packing.

Join in the fun!

Perhaps even better, when you visit the Steak Trailer you’ll again be served by the folks who are involved in raising beef. Although the shifts are filling quickly, if you and your family would enjoy serving a shift in the trailer, some opportunities do remain for you to get involved. Simply check in with local Cattlemen’s Association Director Ray Breagel (740-503-3120) and he’ll get you signed up. Remember, the majority of the proceeds from the Steak Trailer go to support local youth through the Jr. Fair Market Beef Sale and the FCCA college scholarship program.

A special shout out goes to all the early birds who have already signed up to work a shift during Fair week:

The Ray Breagel Family
The Ryan Burnworth Family
The Michelle Clouse Family
Dale Decker
The Nick Lee Family
The Fair Credit Mid America-Baltimore employees
The Jerrod George Family
Nick and Trent Horn
The Kingston Bank employees
The Braden Moore Family
Ben and Melissa Pearson
The Ryan Smith Family
The Vic Warthman Family

See you at the Fair!

 

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 lunch, Stan Smith from OSU Extension will take a look at some recently analyzed local hay samples and lead a discussion concerning forage quality, and management strategies to survive another winter with low quality and limited hay supplies.

Please let us know you will be attending with your RSVP by the 14th to smith.263@osu.edu, ph: 740-277-4633, or fosterfarmsshorthorns@gmail.com, ph: 740-503-3470. Questions? Don’t hesitate to contact any of your FCCA Directors.

Make plans now to enjoy an afternoon of fellowship with other cattlemen like yourselves!

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

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:

LOTS of BEEF activities at this year’s Fair!

With the Fair only two weeks away this is a great opportunity to do a little preview of all the beef related activities fair goers can enjoy throughout the week. While not necessarily an ‘activity’ for some, the very first thing to mention is 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. This year’s menu features two great old-time favorites . . . the Cattleman’s 7 oz. ribeye steak sandwich, and the best 6 oz. cheeseburger found anywhere! As always, the menu will feature locally grown beef, harvested and processed right here at Bay Packing.

Perhaps even better, when you visit the Steak Trailer you’ll again be served by folks who are involved in raising the beef. If you and your family would enjoy serving a shift in the trailer, there are some opportunities remaining. Simply check in with local Cattlemen’s Association Director 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 youth through the Jr. Fair Market Beef Sale and also college scholarships.

If you enjoy a good Dairy Beef Feeder Calf show, that launches Tuesday’s full day of beef show activities at 8:30 a.m. in the round dairy barn. Also on Tuesday the 9th, the Junior Beef Show will begin at 10 a.m. with Continue reading

The Steak Trailer at the Fairfield County Fair; Local beef served by the Cattlemen who raise it!

Support your industry and work a shift during the Fairfield County Fair, October 6- 13.

The free market system will ultimately have a significant voice in how our farm animals are managed . . . the bottom line is that our clientele wants to know more about the food we are producing.

Those words were shared eight years ago by John Grimes as he discussed the 2010 agreement that initiated the creation of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board. Little has changed today in that regard, and little is expected to change anytime soon. With the majority of our consuming public two, three, or even four generations removed from the farm, whether we like it or not, public concern for how our food is produced, by whom, and the sustainability of methods we use is the reality of the world we presently live in. As we consider how best to gain confidence with consumers regarding the daily care and efficient production of livestock and the wholesome nutrition it provides their family’s diet, perhaps one of the best opportunities we have begins in a few weeks with the opening of the Fairfield County Fair.

After several years of hiatus, local cattlemen, their spouses, older 4-H and FFA youth, and livestock industry people are once again being invited to promote locally grown and harvested beef directly to local consumers by simply serving a shift in the Fairfield County Cattlemen’s Steak Trailer throughout Continue reading