The OSU Extension Beef Team has announced the details for the 2015 Ohio Beef Cattle School. The dates for the school are Tuesday, January 27 and continue on February 10 and February 24, 2015 and will start each evening at 7:00 p.m. The programs will address some of the most important issues currently facing Ohio's beef industry. Rapidly changing forces are constantly shaping the beef industry's landscape and successful producers need to stay abreast of changes to remain competitive.

The school begins on January 27, 2015 by addressing a pair of topics in the thoughts of many beef producers today. John Grimes, OSU Extension Beef Coordinator, will present the topic "Capitalizing on the Historic Beef Economy." This presentation will discuss specific management decisions that a producer can make to take full advantage of the beef economic outlook in the present and for years to come. Troy A. Brick DVM, Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine will discuss a frequently debated topic in the popular press today, "The Future of Antibiotic Use in Beef Cattle."

The February 10, 2015 session will examine a pair of subjects that will impact the direction of beef production locally, nationally, and globally for years to come. Kim Stackhouse-Lawson, PhD, Director of Sustainability Research for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association will address "Sustainable Beef Production." She will highlight how beef industry has used funding from the Beef Checkoff Program to document the economic, environmental and social impacts from the beef industry and is identifying practical ways to improve the sustainability of beef and remain on the path of continuous improvement over time. In Ohio, water quality concerns have led to new legislation regarding nutrient management in agriculture. Kevin Elder, Chief of the Ohio Department of Agriculture's Division of Livestock Environmental Permitting, will cover "Manure Management and Fertilizer Application Issues for Beef Producers."

The final installment of the school will be held on February 24, 2015. Dr. Monique Pairis-Garcia, Assistant Professor, and Dr. Steve Boyles, Professor, both of the OSU Department of Animal Sciences, will discuss "Beef Animal Handling and Facility Design." Videos will be used to demonstrate the positive and negative aspects of animal behavior and they will discuss how facilities can improve animal handling concerns. Dr. Bill Weiss, Professor, OSU Department of Animal Sciences will also address "Forage Evaluation and Making Quality Dry Hay, Balage, and Silage."

These sessions will follow a similar format used in the past as each session will be broadcast locally via an internet link at a variety of locations around state. If interested in attending, contact an Ohio State University Extension office that is hosting a site in your area to ask if there is a registration process involved with that location. To date, the following 21 Ohio and Indiana locations have been confirmed as host sites:

Belmont County OSU Extension, 101 N Market St., St. Clairsville, OH 43950, Ph: (740) 695-1455 or contact Dan Lima

Brown County at Southern Hills Career and Technical Center, 9193 Hamer Rd, Georgetown, OH 45121, Ph: 937-378-6716 or contact David Dugan

Carroll County OSU Extension Office, 613 North High Street, Carrollton, OH 44615, Ph: 330-627-4310 or contact Sandy Smith

Coshocton County OSU Extension, Coshocton Co Services Building, Room 110, 724 South 7th Street, Coshocton, OH 43812, Ph: 740-622-2265 or contact Emily Adams

Crawford County at Crawford Co Courthouse, Lower Level Conference Room, 112 East Mansfield Street, Bucyrus Ohio 44820, Ph: 419-562-8731 or contact Jason Hartschuh

Fairfield County OSU Extension, 831 College Ave., Suite D, Lancaster, OH 43130-1081, Ph: 740-653-5419 or contact Stan Smith

Gallia County OSU Extension, 111 Jackson Pike, Suite 1572, Gallipolis, OH 45631, Ph: 740-446-7007 or contact Jeff Moore

Guernsey/Noble Counties at Southeast Region Extension Office, 16714 Wolf Run Rd., Caldwell, Ohio 43724, Guernsey office Ph: 740-489-5300 or contact Clif Little, Noble office Ph: 740-732-5681 or contact Breanna Pye

Hancock County at Hancock Ag Services Building, 7868 Co. Rd. 140, Suite B, Findlay, OH 45840, Ph: 419-422-3851 or contact Ed Lentz

Hardin County OSU Extension, 1021 W Lima Street, Suite 103, Kenton, OH 43326, Ph: 419-674-2297 or contact Mark Badertscher

Highland County at Southern State Community College, 100 Hobart Drive, Hillsboro, OH 45133, Ph: 937-393-1918 or contact David Dugan

Knox County OSU Extension, 1025 Harcourt Rd., Mt. Vernon, OH 43050-1268, Ph: 740-397-0401 or contact Sabrina Schirtzinger

Licking County at Claylick Run Farm, 11970 Cross Rd., Newark, OH 43056, Ph: 740-670-5315 or contact Ted Wiseman

Monroe County OSU Extension, 101 N. Main St., Room 17, Woodsfield, OH 43793, Ph: 740-472-0810 or contact Mark Landefeld

Morgan County OSU Extension, 155 E. Main St., Suite 320, McConnelsville, OH 43756-0179, Ph: 740-962-4854 or contact Chris Penrose

Morrow County OSU Extension, 871 Marion Rd., Suite 102, Mt. Gilead, OH 43338-1088, Ph: 419-947-1070 or contact Jeff McCutcheon

Muskingum County OSU Extension, 225 Underwood St., Zanesville, OH 43701-3789, Ph: 740-454-0144 or contact Mark Mechling

Perry County at New Lexington High School Ag Room, 2547 Panther Drive, New Lexington, OH 43764, Ph: 740-743-1602 or contact Ted Wiseman

Pike County at OSU South Centers Endeavor Center, Room 165, 1862 Shyville Road, Piketon, OH 45661, Ph: 740-289-4837 or contact Jeff Fisher

Williams County OSU Extension, 1425 E High St., Bryan OH 43506, Ph: 419-636-5608 or contact Florian Chirra

Elkhart & Kosciusko County, Indiana at Kosciusko County Extension, 202 W Main Street, Warsaw, IN 46580, contact Kelly Heckaman