Beef industry enthusiasts gathered in Columbus, Ohio, March 20-22, for the 2015 Ohio Beef Expo. The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) hosted more than 30,000 participants and attendees at the Ohio Expo Center. The Expo provides an annual opportunity for those in the cattle industry in Ohio, and across the nation, to learn and enhance their operations through a tradeshow, cattle sales and educational events.
The Expo kicked off with a trade show featuring 140 vendors from 15 states and a forage seminar sponsored by New Holland Agriculture. This year’s trade show broke the event’s record in number of exhibitors. Purina Animal Nutrition was selected as the premier large booth exhibitor; and Way View Cattle Company LLC was selected as the premier small booth exhibitor.
Five breed shows and one breed parade were featured Friday, as well as numerous breed displays representing the Angus, Charolais, Chianina, Gelbvieh, Hereford, Limousin, Maine-Anjou, Miniature Hereford, Murray Grey, Simmental and Shorthorn breeds. The Genetic Pathway, located in the breed’s barn, had the industry’s most popular sires and donor prospects on display throughout the weekend.
Six breed sales brought in large crowds on Saturday, March 21, selling 231 lots with an average price of $4,100 and a gross of $1,075,210.
Three recipients were honored with the Friend of the Expo Award for their contribution to the Expo’s annual success. Jon Becerril, Irving, Texas; David McElhaney, Pittsburgh, PA and Sam Sutherly, Troy, Ohio were all honored. Becerril has worked for Allflex for 27 years and is currently their National Sales Manager. He has participated in the last 16 Expos and has been crucial in explaining the latest technologies to Ohio’s cattle producers. McElhaney has attended all 28 Ohio Beef Expos and has been extremely helpful in implementing several new technologies at the Expo. Sutherly has held many roles with OCA and the Ohio Beef Expo. These include OCA President, junior show committee member, junior show chairman, co-chairman of the Expo and chair of the Expo.
For junior exhibitors, Friday afternoon began with two fitting and clipping demonstrations and a welcome party. Events continued Saturday with 311 youth participating in the judging contest, sponsored by New Holland Agriculture, and 409 exhibitors in the showmanship competition, sponsored by Green Oak Farms. The stands were full in Rauch Arena for the Beef Quality Assurance training. The junior portion wrapped up Sunday with the market animal show and heifer show with a combined total of 730 head from across the state.
During the event, OCA volunteers signed up and renewed more than 200 memberships including NCBA memberships. Any current or new OCA member had the opportunity to win some great prizes. During the prize drawing on Sunday in Rauch Arena, OCA member Frank Phelps, Belle Center, Ohio, won the ownership of a New Holland Rustler 125 UTV, donated by New Holland Agriculture, for recruiting 10 or more new OCA members. Janet and Michael Ranney, Amherst, Ohio, won a VetGun dontated by AgriLabs. J&J Steakbarn, owned by Jim and Jackie Murray, gave away a $100 gift card won by March Farms. Members joining at the Ohio Beef Expo also received discounted offerings on Heritage Cooperative’s Cattlemen’s Edge Program.
The OCA County Affiliate of Athens/Meigs/Washington Counties won the County Affiliate Recruitment Contest drawing and received their choice of a grill, set of Tru-Test Scales or an equal amount toward National Cattlemen’s Beef Association convention registration, sponsored by the Ohio Corn Marketing Program.
A social was hosted for OCA members, volunteers, trade show participants and cattle exhibitors on Thursday, March 19, at the Crowne Plaza North. Sponsoring the event was LONGRANGE, Steve R. Rauch Excavation and Trupointe.
Major sponsors for the Expo include: Steve R. Rauch Excavation, Farm Credit Mid-America, New Holland Agriculture, Kalmbach Feeds, Green Oak Farms and Experience Columbus. A complete list of sponsors can be found at www.ohiobeefexpo.com.
The dates for the 2016 Ohio Beef Expo are March 18-20. Visit www.ohiobeefexpo.com for more information as well as complete coverage of the 2015 event.