Consider this a reminder that the consignment deadline is rapidly approaching for the Ohio Cattlemen's Association's (OCA) second Replacement Female Sale. The sale will be held on Friday evening, November 28. The sale will be held at the Muskingum Livestock facility in Zanesville and will begin at 7:00 p.m.

The 2014 Ohio Cattlemen's Association Replacement Female Sale will provide an opportunity for both buyers and sellers to meet the need for quality replacements in the state. Consignments may include cow-calf pairs, bred cows and bred heifers. Females must be under the age of five as of January 1, 2015 and may be of registered or commercial background. Bred females must be bred to a bull with known EPD's and calves at side of cows must be sired by a bull with known EPD's. Pregnancy status must be verified by an accredited veterinarian through traditional palpation or ultrasound or by blood testing through a professional laboratory. Analysis must be performed within 60 days of sale. Consignments will also be fulfilling specific health requirements.

Consignments for the sale are due to the Ohio Cattlemen's Association by October 1, 2014. Sale information can be obtained by contacting OCA at (614) 873-6736 or at their web site located at www.ohiocattle.org. If you have any questions about the sale you can call me at my office at (740) 289-2071, Extension #242 or contact me by e-mail at grimes.1@osu.edu.

I have received several questions lately about the long-term sustainability of the record price run that the beef cattle industry has experienced over the past two years. No one can project exactly if prices will continue to rise or even continue to maintain their current lofty perch. However, if you believe in simple supply and demand economics, you should have a level of confidence that the beef industry should experience a positive economic situation for the next few years.

The current beef economic situation should translate to strong demand for quality commercial breeding females this fall. Early consignments that we have received thus far include bred heifers, bred cows, and fall calving pairs. These cattle will allow prospective buyers a better opportunity to capitalize on feeder calf prices projected in the short-term through the purchase of young bred females or pairs.

I consider this sale a unique opportunity for Ohio's cow-calf producers. This sale is an opportunity for buyers to add quality females to their herds from a local source. Also, this sale is a marketing option for those producers looking to sell quality females in a strong market. Regardless of your perspective, it is truly an exciting time to be involved in the beef cattle industry.