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Shorthorn Juniors recognized as BEST Winners

The 2016 - 2017 Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) BEST (Beef Exhibitor Show Total) Program wrapped up on May 6 with its annual awards banquet held at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus.

“The banquet is a time to celebrate the many achievements of our BEST participants, both in and out of the show ring,” says Stephanie Sindel, OCA Director of Youth Programs. “Each participant is recognized for their hard work by family, friends and BEST supporters alike.”

Several representatives from program sponsors, Bob Evans Farms, Burroughs Frazier Farms, Evans Cattle Company, Farm Credit Mid-America, M.H. Eby, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Weaver Leather Livestock, were on hand to help present awards totaling more than $50,000 in belt buckles, luggage, show materials and other awards.

This year’s BEST program featured 15 sanctioned shows that weaved its way across the state with over 440 youth participants showing 649 head of market animals and heifers.

A belt buckle was awarded to these Shorthorn juniors. The case for their belt buckle was sponsored by the Ohio Shorthorn Breeder’s Association.

Breed Division Champions:

Champion Shorthorn Heifer – Abigail Thornton, Fairfield County

Reserve Champion Shorthorn Heifer – Taylor Morbitzer, Franklin County

Third Overall Shorthorn Heifer – Fulton Kennedy, Adams County

Fourth Overall Shorthorn Heifer – Emily Dahse, Gallia County

Fifth Overall Shorthorn Heifer – Brandon Barr, Greene County

 

Champion Shorthorn Steer – Carter McCauley, Guernsey County

Reserve Champion Shorthorn Steer – Tanner Cordes, Montgomery County

 

Champion ShorthornPlus Heifer – Taylor Morbitzer, Franklin County

Reserve Champion ShorthornPlus Heifer – Madison King, Logan County

 

Champion ShorthornPlus Steer – Kinzee Shafer, Preble County

Reserve Champion ShorthornPlus Steer – Sydney Sanders, Highland County

Third Overall ShorthornPlus Steer – Tyler Michael, Montgomery County

Fourth Overall ShorthornPlus Steer – Emily Paden, Guernsey County

Fifth Overall ShorthornPlus Steer – Emma Mathews, Clinton County

 

BEST Novice Champions:

Fourth Overall Novice Heifer – Caden McLaughlin, Monroe County - ShorthornPlus

Ninth Overall Novice Heifer – Brandon Barr, Greene County – Shorthorn

Champion Novice Steer – Carter McCauley, Guernsey County - Shorthorn

 

BEST Bred & Owned Champions:

Champion Bred & Owned Heifer – Nate Herr, Fulton County - ShorthornPlus

Reserve Champion Bred & Owned Heifer– Fulton Kennedy, Adams County – Shorthorn

Reserve Champion Bred & Owned Steer – Tyler Michael, Montgomery County - ShorthornPlus

Third Overall Bred & Owned Steer – Kyle Piscione, Medina County - ShorthornPlus

 

BEST is a youth program of the OCA that recognizes Ohio’s junior beef exhibitors through a series of shows. Juniors who participate in these sanctioned shows earn points for their placing at each show. The OCA BEST program promotes educating Ohio’s juniors about the beef industry’s issues and rewards the successful accomplishments and hard work of those junior beef producers.



Tom and Susie Turner of Turner Shorthorns Earn Cattlemen’s Industry Excellence Award

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) awarded Tom and Susie Turner of Somerset, Ohio, the Industry Excellence Award at the OCA awards banquet held Jan. 21, 2017 at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center in Lewis Center, Ohio.

Each year, in an effort to recognize individuals who continue to promote and excel in the beef industry, OCA and Brownfield Ag News jointly sponsor the Industry Excellence Award. The award presentation featured a video of Tom and Susie Turner that was generously sponsored by the Ohio Shorthorn Breeders’ Association.

Throughout Tom’s life, he has always been involved in the beef industry one way or another. After growing up on his family’s farm, Tom’s college and graduate work was focused on the beef industry. During his professional career, he coached the Livestock Judging Team at The Ohio State University for over 30 thirty years, served on the Board of Directors and as President of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association. During his term as President, Tom aided in the development of a strategic plan, the restructuring of the Board of Directors and helped create the BEST youth program. Now retired, Tom and Susie stay involved in the beef industry by managing their beef cattle herd, staying active with the Ohio Shorthorn Breeders’ Association, traveling around the United States, Canada, England, Australia, and New Zealand judging beef cattle shows. With their family values and love for the beef industry, they have helped develop quality programs within Ohio and are excellent role models for young beef leaders across the state.

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association is a non-profit membership organization that represents the business interests and way of life important to farm families that raise cattle. It serves as the voice and issues manager for all of Ohio’s beef cattle business including cattle breeders, producers and feeders. It is the beef industry’s grassroots policy development organization and is an affiliate of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association strives to maintain profitability and growth of Ohio's beef industry, while providing consumers with safe and wholesome beef.

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