Ohio Beef School

OSU Beef Team Virtual Beef School, held Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.

  • January 11; A Look at Input Costs with Barry Ward, OSU Extension Leader for Production Business Management and Market Outlook with Garth Ruff, OSU Extension Beef Field Specialist (view the recording here)
  • February 8; Presynchronization and Improving Fertility of Beef Cows with Alex Crist, OSU Animal Sciences and Synchronization and Natural Service with Dean Kreager, OSU Extension Educator
  • March 8; Asian Longhorn Tick and Theileria with Dr. Risa Pesepane, OSU Vet Preventative Medicine and Managing Disease in 2023 with Dr. Justin Kieffer DVM, OSU Animal Sciences
  • April 12; OSU Beef Team Live Roundtable, Q & A session with OSU Extension Beef Team members.

Register for any or all of the Beef School session listed above at go.osu.edu/beefschool23

Ohio Cow-Calf Field Day to be held in Morgan County

The first of two statewide cow-calf field days will be held Monday, February 20 at Clemens Farms in Morgan County. The program will begin at 9:00 a.m. and focus on Optimizing Herd Fertility. Heifer development and cow-calf nutrition will be the primary topics of the day. OSU Extension Beef Cattle Field Specialist Garth Ruff, as well as a team of local county Extension professionals will teach the morning program. A hot lunch will follow, and the event will conclude with a farm tour looking at animal handling facilities and conservation practices. The morning program and lunch will take place in a heated farm shop but, dress appropriately for the afternoon activities.

Registration is required ahead of time. The program fee is $10. Contact the Morgan County Extension office to register or send in the registration form linked here: Ohio Beef Cow/Calf Workshop – Optimizing Herd Fertility

Pesticide Applicator Exam Training Session January 17, 2023

A pesticide applicator exam training session will be offered on January 17, 2023, 6:00 PM, at the Rural Services Building.  In order to obtain a Private Pesticide Applicator License, individuals must pass the exam which is administered by the Ohio Department of Agriculture.  Those who wish to use Restricted Use Products (ODA List) must acquire an applicators license to purchase and apply product. This training is intended to provide an overview of the concepts presented in the exam as preparation.  To register for this exam training session please email martin.2422@osu.edu or call 740-454-0144.


Following this training session, the Ohio Department of Agriculture will be present at the Rural Services Building to administer the exam on:

January 25, 2023, 1:00 PM (Exam registration at the ODA Website)

March 29, 2023, 1:00 PM (Exam registration at the ODA Website)

Ohio Beef School Webinars Start January 11

The OSU Extension Beef Team is offering a Virtual Beef School with one webinar per month beginning next week and concluding in April. The first webinar features new OSU Extension Farm Management Field Specialist, Eric Richer who will be discussing agricultural input costs in 2023. The second topic of the evening will be Cattle Markets and Outlook presented by Garth Ruff, OSU Extension Beef Cattle Field Specialist at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 11, 2023.

The next three sessions are as follows:

February 8 – Managing Reproduction. Presynchronization and Improving Fertility of Beef Cows: Alex Crist, OSU Animal Science and Synchronization and Natural Service: Dean Kreager, OSU Extension.

March 8 – Herd Health Management. Asian Longhorn Tick and Theileria: Dr. Risa Pesepane, OSU Vet Preventative Medicine and Managing Disease in 2023: Dr. Justin Kieffer, OSU Animal Sciences.

April 12 – Beef Team Round Table – Ask Questions and Discuss Answers with OSU Extension Beef Team Members

Interested attendees can register for this and any of the other webinars for free by visiting: go.osu.edu/beefschool23.


This content originally published in the Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

Beef Quality Assurance January 31

Are you selling beef animals to be harvested for meat and need to update your Beef Quality Assurance Certification?

The goal of the Ohio Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program is to increase the competitive base for marketing Ohio cattle. Beef Quality Assurance is a program to ensure that beef and dairy cattle are maintained in a manner which will result in a safe and wholesome beef product for the consumer.  The Ohio BQA program is set to meet or exceed the NCBA BQA Guidelines.

Attending this session will allow you to obtain the Ohio Beef Quality Assurance certificate or renew your existing certificate.  Certificates are good for three years.

Two sessions for certification will be available this winter and held at Muskingum Livestock Auction:

January 31, 2023 7:00 PM

March 23, 2023 7:00 PM



An FAQ about the BQA program is available at: go.osu.edu/bqa

Program Flyer

OSU Extension to Hold Planning for the Future of Your Farm Webinar Series in 2023

OSU Extension will be hosting a four part “Planning for the Future of Your Farm” webinar series on January 23 and 30 and February 6 and 13, 2023 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. This workshop is designed to help farm families learn strategies and tools to successfully create a succession and estate plan that helps you transfer your farm’s ownership, management, and assets to the next generation.

Full details on this opportunity can be found here.

Direct Link to Registration


Coshocton County Hosting Beginner & Small Farm College

The Coshocton County Extension office will be hosting the 2022 Beginner & Small Farm College on October 24, 31 and November 7 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Roscoe Village Visitor’s Center. This college is designed to help landowners examine potential ways to increase profits on their small acreage properties. The program is open to all new or aspiring farmers, new rural landowners, small farmers, and farm families.

During this college, participants will be challenged to develop realistic expectations for their new farm business. They will receive information on getting started, identifying the strengths and weaknesses of their property, and developing a farm business plan. Information on farm finances, insurance, liability, labor and marketing will be covered during the college.

The registration fee for this program is $30 for the first person and $15 for each additional. Registration is limited to the first 50 registrants and registration is due by October 17. Registration can be made on-line at: go.osu.edu/smallfarmcollegereg or by calling the Coshocton County Extension office at 740-622-2265.

Registration Flyer


Ohio Beef Day coming to Muskingum County July 16

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!

Originally posted in Ohio Beef News