Hands on small ruminant parasite workshop (Licking County)

Learn about internal parasite issues and how to use FAMACHA as a selective deworming tool.  You will also learn to do your own fecal egg counts at home.  The workshop will include hands on evaluation of sheep using the FAMACHA system at Dale McCombs farm near Johnstown and then go to the Licking County Extension office for training to do fecal egg counts  on your own.  The cost will be $40 and include a McMaster slide for fecal egg counts, handouts and lunch.  We are limiting attendance to 20 to assure good hands on participation time.

Contact Dean Kreager with questions and to register 740-670-5315 (please inform us of any dietary restrictions)

Click here for the flyer with additional details: Small Ruminant Parasite Flyer1

Current status of electronic ear tags on cattle

Producers shipping certain types of cattle and bison across state lines might have to use electronic identification (EID or RFID) tags if a final rule developed by USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) becomes effective.

The new final rule, originally proposed in 2022, will expand the requirements for ear tags used as official identification.  For animals tagged after the rule’s effective date, the ear tags “must be readable both visually and electronically (EID).”

Effective date of the rule.  The EID requirement is not yet effective. The final rule will take effect 180-days after the rule was published in the Federal Register.  USDA published the final rule on May 9, 2024, making the effective date November 5, 2024.

Review the complete article here: New rule and legislation on electronic ear tags for cattle: a continuing battle 

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) is making its share of headlines in agricultural news. Recent attention focuses on beef and dairy supply chains. Fortunately, fundamental practices like pasteurization and proper cooking temperature eliminate the pathogenic risk to milk and meat and we benefit from a strong and healthy supply chain. However, there is plenty of concern to monitor HPAI and prevent adverse impacts to the industry.  For further reading and updates, here is a list of recent news and links:

Ohio Beef Cow/Calf Workshop – Optimizing Herd Reproduction and Genetics

Reproduction and genetics are important factors for a cow-calf operation. The long-term investment of
genetics plays a critical role in the development and management to ensure longevity within a herd.
Join OSU Extension in Licking County to discuss and demonstrate the practices that you might
apply on your farm to improve your operation with regards to optimizing reproduction and genetics.

Friday, March 8, 2024, 9:00 am – 2:30 pm, Claylick Run Farm 11970 Cross Rd., Newark, OH, 43056

Cost: $10 per person.

RSVP to OSU Extension Licking County at 740-670-5315 by March 4, 2024.

Beef Quality Assurance January 30 at Muskingum Livestock, 7:00 PM

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.

Two events are scheduled:

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

or 

Thursday, March 19, 2024

Program starts at 7:00 PM

Location: Muskingum Livestock Auction

No cost, no RSVP needed.

Muskingum and Coshocton Agronomy Dinner January 22

OSU Extension Muskingum and Coshocton County will host an Agronomy Dinner on Monday, January 22, 2024.  Join us for a fine meal at Friendly Hills Camp and Conference Center for agronomic updates for the 2024 cropping year.  Guest Stephanie Karhoff, Agronomic Systems Fields Specialist, will discuss field crop agronomic challenges for the upcoming field season and Bruce Clevenger, Farm Management Specialist, will provide a budgeting and marketing outlook for 2024.  Pre-registration is required and can be made online at go.osu.edu/2024dinner or by RSVP to the OSU Extension Muskingum County Extension Office, 225 Underwood St, Zanesville, OH.  Event cost is $20 per person.  Doors open at 5:30 PM with opening remarks at 5:50pm and dinner will be served at 6:00PM. The host facility for this event is Friendly Hills Camp and Conference Center, 5880 Friendly Hills Road, Zanesville, OH.  Contact Clifton Martin, OSU Extension Muskingum County, at 740-454-0144 or Chris Allen, OSU Extension Coshocton County, 740-622-2265. Certified Crop Advisor CEU’s will be available.

REGISTER ONLINE AT THIS LINK

PRINTABLE PROGRAM FLIER

Monday, January 22, 2024
5:30 PM

Friendly Hills Camp and Conference Center
5880 Friendly Hills Road, Zanesville, OH

$20 per person

RSVP by January 17, 2024

Guest Speakers:
Stephanie Karhoff
Stephanie is an Agronomic Field Systems Specialist with Ohio State Extension and will speak on Field Crop Agronomy Challenges in 2024.

Bruce Clevenger
Bruce is Farm Management Specialist with OSU Extension and will speak about Field Crop Budgeting and Marketing Outlooks for 2024.

Agenda:
5:30 PM Registration
5:50 PM Welcome and Announcements
6:00 PM Dinner (buffet)
6:30 PM Guest Speakers
8:15 PM Wrap up & Adjourn

Menu:
Chicken, pork, potatoes, green beans, salad

Contact information:
Clifton Martin, Extension Educator, Muskingum County
martin.2422@osu.edu
740-454-0144

Chris Allen, Extension Educator, Coshocton County
allen.236@osu.edu
740-622-2265

Winter Beef School Webinars to Focus on Meeting Local Demand

The Ohio State University Extension Beef Team will be hosting its annual winter webinar series in 2024 on the third Thursday of each month, January to April. This year’s series will take a deeper dive into production practices and factors that impact quality and profitability when it comes to producing beef to be marketed directly to consumers.

The session topics and speakers are as follows:

January 18
Genetic Selection: What Matters
Allen Gahler, OSU Extension Sandusky Co.
Planned Calving to Meet Demand
Dean Kreager, OSU Extension Licking Co.

February 15
Feeding to a Harvest Date
Garth Ruff, OSU Extension, Beef Cattle Field Specialist

March 21
Selling Retail vs Wholesale
Yield and Added Value

Lyda Garcia, OSU Extension Fresh Meats Specialist

April 18
Producer Roundtable
What Works, What Doesn’t?

Krysti Morrow – Rocky Knob Farms
Brad Berry – Berry Family Farms
Lindsey Hall – Maplecrest Meats & More
Dale Phillips – Phillips Meats

To wrap up the program in April we are excited to feature a producer roundtable with a variety of experience and varying approaches in marketing beef to local consumers.

Krysti Morrow of Rocky Knob Farms in Morgan County along with husband Levi launched Rocky Knob Meats in 2022. They sell retail cuts and mixed boxes of their beef and lamb to customers across Ohio and the nation. They have shipped grass-fed, grain-finished meats direct to customers’ doorsteps.

Brad Berry of Berry Family Farm in Pleasantville Ohio is a 7th generation farmer. Berry Family farms offers a variety of beef products at farm markets across central Ohio. They offer grass fed beef as well as grain feed beef finished on non-GMO grains.

Lindsey Hall of Maplecrest Farms in Hillsboro. Maplecrest Farms is a family-owned operation with a lifetime of experience breeding Angus cattle. In addition to selling freezer beef (wholes, halves, quarters), in 2021 Maplecrest Meats & More was opened as a retail location selling beef, pork, deli, and grocery items. In 20223 Maplecrest Meats & More became part of Certified Angus Beef® brand’s Ranch to Table program.

Our last April panelist represents the meat processing industry here in Ohio. Dale Phillips of Zanesville is the owner of Phillips Meat Processing, a family-owned and operated business that has been established since 1974. Phillips operates under full federal inspection and is part of an USDA pilot program started early in 2023 to provide virtual grading to small packing plants. Phillips provides fresh cuts of both beef and pork and an array of smoked products and lunch meats that are made and cooked in-house. They offer custom processing/slaughter, wholesale, and retail as well.

To register for the 2024 OSU Extension Beef Team Webinar series visit go.osu.edu/beefschool24

There is one Registration Link for all 4 Sessions – Questions? Contact: Garth Ruff, ruff.72@osu.edu

Details about all winter beef programs can be found in the Event Calendar at beef.osu.edu

 

This article was originally posted at Winter Beef School Webinars to Focus on Meeting Local Demand | Ohio BEEF Cattle Letter (osu.edu)

Beef Quality Assurance January 30

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.

Two events are scheduled:

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

or 

Thursday, March 19, 2024

Program starts at 7:00 PM

Location: Muskingum Livestock Auction

No cost, no RSVP needed.

 

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.

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

Farmer and Farmland Owner Income Tax Webinar

Are you a farmer or farmland owner wanting to learn more about the recent tax law issues? If so, join us for this webinar on Friday, December 15th, 2023 from 10am to noon. This webinar is a part of our Farm Office Live Series and serves as our Farm Office Live! Webinar for December. To register for this webinar go to: https://go.osu.edu/register4fol

This webinar will focus on issues related to farmer and farmland owner income tax returns as well as the latest news on CAUV and property taxes in Ohio and the big changes to the Ohio Commercial Activity Tax (CAT). This two-hour program will be presented in a live webinar format via Zoom by OSU Extension Educators Barry Ward, David Marrison and Jeff Lewis along with Purdue faculty member Dr. Michael Langemeier. Individuals who operate farms, own property, or are involved with renting farmland should participate.

Topics to be discussed during this webinar include (subject to change based on tax law change):

  • Economic Outlook

  • Depreciation Update

  • Employee vs. Independent Contractor

  • Corporate Transparency Act/Beneficial Owners Information Reporting

  • 1099-K Changes

  • Charitable Remainder Trusts

  • Basis Allocation Land Acquisition – Allocating Basis to Residual Fertility for Future Deductions

  • Defining Farm Income to Avoid Paying Estimated Tax

  • Keeping an Eye Forward on Estate/Gift Tax Limitation

  • Reminder – Keeping an Eye on Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Provisions Sunsetting After 2025 Tax Year

  • Ohio Tax Update (CAUV/Property Tax Update, CAT Changes, Beginning Farmer Tax Credit, Ohio Tax Law Interpretation – Ohio Supreme Court Issues New Ruling)

  • Indiana Tax Update

To register: https://go.osu.edu/register4fol

For more information, contact Barry Ward at ward.8@osu.edu or Jeff Lewis at lewis.1459@osu.edu

Pesticide Applicator Exam Training January 18, 2024

A pesticide applicator exam training session will be offered on January 18, 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 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, 20234, 10:00 AM

(Exam registration at the ODA Website)

Or, call ODA at 614-728-6270 for more exam information