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Ohio Beef Expo Kicks Off March 18

March 18 marks the first day of the 24th Ohio Beef Expo. The three day event takes place March 18 – 20 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, and is the premier event of Ohio’s Beef Industry. This year’s schedule includes breed sales, shows, educational seminars, trade show and a highly competitive junior show. Attendees will also be able to take part in new features including a silent auction and social hour on Friday and Saturday.

The trade show, kicking off the Expo at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, will run throughout the event and features more than 103 exhibitors from 16 states. An array of educational seminars will also begin on Friday morning. The seminars will be offered throughout the day on Friday and Sunday and aim to give producers an opportunity to gain useful knowledge from industry experts about advancements and current trends. Information provided will allow producers to better their own operations in areas such as marketing and herd management. A complete list of seminars is available at www.ohiobeefexpo.com.

Cattle from across the country will be represented at the Expo through the breed shows, sales and displays. These features provide Expo attendees a first-hand look at breeds including Angus, Beefalo, Charolais, Chianina, Gelbvieh, Hereford, Limousin, Lowline, Maine-Anjou, Miniature Hereford, Murray Grey, Piedmontese, Shorthorn and Simmental. This year features several new additions to the breed shows, sales and display area including a Miniature Hereford Show on Friday, a Chianina Sale on Saturday and a Lowline breed display throughout the event. Breeders will be on hand to sell or display their cattle and anyone interested may view sale catalogs online at www.ohiobeefexpo.com by clicking on the sales link.

Members of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association can stop by the OCA booth at the trade show to register for a chance to win great prizes. Thanks to partnerships with George Clayton and J&J Steakbarn, one lucky member will win a weekend stay at Clayton’s Cabin in Hocking Hills. Another member will win a $100 gift certificate to J&J Steakbarn. Anyone joining OCA during the Expo will also be eligible to enter. In addition, the first 25 new members to sign up on Friday and Saturday will receive a certificate for a ten dose bottle of Vira Shield from Novartis. The next 12 new members to sign up each day will receive 80g tubes of Respond from AgriLabs. OCA’s County Cattlemen’s Association affiliates will also be on hand Sunday to see which lucky county will be the winner of a new five foot, stainless steel grill sponsored by the Ohio Corn Growers Association.

New this year is the Cowboy Happy Hour, sponsored by Steve R. Rauch and Cox Concessions. This new event will be held from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday in the main aisle of the trade show. Also planned for this year is a silent auction to benefit OCA’s PAC (Political Action Committee). The PAC silent auction will feature two tables of items with one closing Friday at the end of the Cowboy Happy Hour and the other closing Saturday.

The ever-popular Genetic Pathway will once again be a feature of the upper concourse of the Voinovich Livestock and Trade Center throughout the weekend. The country’s best genetics will be featured with live bulls and females on display.

Junior events this year include a welcome party on Friday, sponsored by Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, followed by showmanship at 6:00 p.m., sponsored by Green Oak Farms. The competition will continue on Saturday with a judging contest and a second showmanship competition. The finale of the weekend is the steer and heifer show kicking off Sunday at 8:00 a.m. Complete rules for the show can be found on www.ohiobeefexpo.com

Two individuals will also be recognized as Friends of the Ohio Beef Expo during the event for their contribution to the event’s annual success. Alan Halderman, of New Paris, and Rex Sullinger, of Ridgeway, are this year’s award recipients.

Over 25,000 visitors from 20 states and Canada routinely attend the Ohio Beef Expo. It is ranked as the ninth largest event hosted in central Ohio and is the premier location to meet Ohio’s cattle producers. Don’t miss it! If you are unable to attend the event, visit www.ohiobeefexpo.com during the event because all results will be posted as it is available. Four of the breed sales and the junior show will also be broadcast on www.dvauction.com.

For complete details on the 2011 Ohio Beef Expo, visit www.ohiobeefexpo.com. The Ohio Beef Expo is a function of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA). The OCA is an affiliate of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and is the state’s spokesperson and issues manager for all segments of the beef cattle industry including cattle breeders, producers and feeders. It is the grass roots policy development organization for the beef business. Through the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, cattle producers work to create a positive business environment, while providing consumers with a safe and wholesome product.

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