A new rule regarding Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD) persistent infection (PI) status will be applied to the 2022-23 Ohio Cattlemen’s Association’s (OCA) Beef Exhibitor Show Total (BEST) program. All cattle (BEST and non-BEST) (in-state and out-of-state) must have a negative BVD test to exhibit at any OCA BEST sanctioned show.
BVD is a respiratory and reproductive virus that wreaks havoc on cattle’s immune systems and their ability to bore calves. It can be passed on to calves at birth and has variable symptoms. The key to ensuring the health of a herd is to spot the signs of BVD early and cut off contact between healthy and infected livestock.
Like declaring a breed at the first sanctioned show, proof of a negative BVD PI test MUST be provided at the next BEST sanctioned show immediately following the first BEST show the animal attended, whether or not you plan to exhibit cattle at the show. Failure to do so will result in the animal being dropped from the BEST point standings and the program. Additionally, any showmanship points garnered with the animal will be forfeited.
A BVD PI test is a one-time test good for the life of the animal. Schedule the BVD PI test with enough lead time to receive the test results prior to a BEST show. A lead time of at least two weeks is recommended prior to the first show. If purchasing show animals, ask your seller if the animal has had a BVD PI test.
Acceptable tests include and are limited to: Immunohistochemistry (IHC) on skin, Antigen-capture ELISA (ACE) on serum (blood test) or skin, Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) on whole blood, serum or skin. Animals must be individually tested and individually identified. Pooled testing is acceptable only if documentation is provided that the animal was specifically included in the pool and that the pool contained no more than seven animals.
The OCA BEST Committee will be working with local jackpot shows and county cattlemen’s associations to offer BVD testing ahead of the BEST show season to reduce the cost of the test for exhibitors and to streamline BEST check-in procedures. More information on these tests is available at www.ohiocattle.org/best or by calling the OCA office at 614-873-6736. If unable to attend one of the pre-season testing opportunities, your local veterinarian may perform one of the approved BVD tests.
For more information on testing, refer to the complete BVD rule included within the OCA BEST rules for 2022-2023 and available on the OCA website www.ohiocattle.org/best
The new 2023 edition of the Washington County Plat Book is now available at the OSU Washington County Extension Office, 1115 Gilman Avenue in Marietta. The books can also be mailed for an additional charge by calling OSU Extension at (740) 376-7431. The new books can also be purchased at the Recorder’s Office in the County Courthouse, 205 Putnam Street in Marietta, (740) 373-6623. Traditional landownership maps by township and range, a landowner index for easy cross referencing, and other county information are all available in the new edition. This book features the new enhanced LiDAR aerial view maps opposite the landownership map pages, which is the 3D effect showing the actual topography of the land.
This information is valuable to anyone with a need to know who owns land in Washington County. Prospective or adjoining property owners, hunters, foresters, timber and petroleum industry personnel, emergency services and many others would be interested in having a copy. Mapping Solutions is the publisher.
The book is now available in three versions showing Washington County landowner maps.
- Printed Plat Book is the traditional spiral bound book available locally.
- SmartMap for your smart phone or tablet. A SmartMap allows you to view your location on the map and track real-time movement with the device GPS, you can measure distances and areas as well as add points of interest, photos, position and label names to the map and much more.
- eBook for your tablet, laptop or PC. This is a digital version of the plat book.
The SmartMap and eBook are available at mappingsolutionsGIS.com for these products.
CAMP HERVIDA BUILDING FUND DRAWING & SILENT AUCTION
Saturday, November 12, 2022
Doors open 5:30 p.m., Dinner 6:00 p.m., Drawing 7:00 p.m.
Churchtown K of C Hall, SR 676
$40 ticket (dinner and drawings for cash prizes)
Your club can provide a community service to our county-owned 4-H camp facility by being workers, donating an item to the silent auction and/or providing desserts at the Building Fund Drawing & Silent Auction on Saturday, November 12. This year’s proceeds will go toward operating expenses & kitchen improvements.
Workers are needed to clear tables and clean up the kitchen from 6:00 p.m. until finished. Another work crew is needed to tear down tables and chairs at the end of the fund raiser from 9 p.m. until finished. 4-H club members, parents and advisors who are signed up to work receive a free meal and do not need to purchase a $40 ticket.
An item for the silent auction can be made or solicited from a business by your club. Various kinds of gift baskets, gift certificates, novelties, tools, decorations, etc. are appropriate. Items can be dropped off at the Extension Office before Saturday or at the K of C Hall on Saturday by 4 p.m.
A total of 30 desserts are needed to help keep the meal costs down. Your club could provide one or more pies or cakes. Desserts can be dropped off at the Extension Office before Saturday or at the K of C Hall on Saturday by 4 p.m.
To contribute as a community service project for your club, please contact Jane at 740-568-8044. Thank you for your kind consideration.
Need a flier to promote the event: 2022 Flier
Graduating Cloverbuds will receive a certificate and medallion:
It’s time to choose a county-wide 4-H theme for 2023. The 4-H Advisory is looking for suggestions and needs theme ideas submitted by Monday, October 31. Click here to submit your theme ideas: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8ol2MwQVEHTGC8J
Of course you can call the office too and submit your ideas at 740-376-7431
All horse project members are invited to attend the Liv Montgomery Benefit Horse show in Jackson County. The Open Horse show will be held on October 15, 2022. with registration beginning at 8am and show starts at 9am. All the proceeds from the show will benefit a Jackson County horse exhibitor battling cancer. For more information contact Sam Simpson 740-710-1340 or Jamey Sexton 740-418-8133