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50th Sale of Champions

The Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions livestock auction, held on the last day of the Ohio State Fair in the WCOL Celeste Center, showcased Ohio’s premium livestock, premier Junior Fair exhibitors and generous supporters. On the sale bill were grand champion and reserve champion market lambs, market barrows and market beef, as well as grand champion market goat, grand champion and reserve champion market chickens, grand champion market turkey and a block of Swiss cheese to represent the seven dairy champions. In full, the livestock was auctioned for a total of $284,000. This year’s sale broke one record: Reserve Grand Champion Market Barrow sold for $32,000, breaking the previous record of $31,000 set in 2013.

“The Ohio State Fair is rooted in agriculture, and each year we’re privileged to celebrate the hard work of our youth exhibitors. That’s what the Fair is all about,” said Virgil Strickler, General Manager. “I’m eternally grateful for our incredibly supportive buyers.

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Junior Market Barrow Breed Sale of Champions

The Buckeye Barrow Boosters also supported each exhibitor in the sale. They include: Ward Family Genetics, Jim Yeazel and Family, Ohio Hamp/York Crossbred Sale, Ohio State Fair Youth Gilt Sale, Korb Farms, Inc., Ohio Pork Schop, Kremer Yorkshires, Kimley Show Pigs, Ohio’s Country Journal/Ohio Ag Net, Moyer’s Genetic Edge, Rick Fogle, North Central Pig Sale, Isla Grande Farms, Bates Show Pigs, Mark Butterfield Family, Waits Family, Scott Evans Family, Michael Carson Family, Thompson Show Feed, Bryan Vaughan Family, 3N Livestock, Robert Keener Family, Roger Zeedyk Family, Wendt Livestock, and Nate Warner Livestock, Kaffenbarger Farms, Tony Nye Family, Ohio Spot Association, John Regula Auctioneer, Bob Foster Family, Fender Club Pigs, Fearon Family, Knecht Family, Dore Family, Kerby Wilcox Family, Jim Worley Family, Nathan Frey Family, Jason Adams Family, Scholl Family Ron Riley Family, Kevin Hancock Family, Chris Scott Family, Creager Family Farm, Kirk Swenson Family.


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Ohio State Fair Junior Market Beef results


Grand Champion Angus Steer
Carly Sanders
Highland County

Reserve Champion Angus Steer
Maggie Pollard
Defiance County

Grand Champion Chianina Steer
Montana Hulsmeyer
Allen County

Reserve Champion Chianina Steer
Lane Underwood
Hardin County

Grand Champion Hereford Steer
Angie Distl
Clark County

Reserve Champion Hereford Steer
Hayden Smith
Holmes County

Grand Champion Maine-Anjou Steer
Elizabeth Heintz
Auglaize County

Reserve Champion Maine-Anjou Steer
Colleen Minges
Butler County

Grand Champion Shorthorn Steer
Carter McCauley
Guernsey County

Reserve Champion Shorthorn Steer
Tanner Cordes
Montgomery County

Grand Champion Shorthorn Plus Steer
Kinzee Shafer
Champaign County

Reserve Champion Shorthorn Plus Steer
Kendal Widman
Crawford County

Grand Champion Simmental Steer
Caroline Blay
Portage County

Reserve Champion Simmental Steer
Madison Paden
Guernsey County

Grand Champion AOB Steer
Lindsey Pugh
Stark County

Reserve Champion AOB Steer
Danielle Whitted
Portage County

Grand Champion Market Heifer
Isaac Gehret
Darke County

Reserve Champion Market Heifer
Hannah Schroeder
Putnam County

Division 1 Crossbred

Champion: Zoey Shriners, Perry Co

Res.: Kady Davis, Carroll Co..

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Junior Market Barrow Show at the 2017 Ohio State Fair

Junior Market Barrow results



Grand Champion: Ava Genter, Archbold

Reserve: Aaron Rolfe, Sabina


Chester White

Grand Champion: Lillian Rees, Bidwell

Reserve: Alexa Hawk, Harrod


Dark Crossbred

Grand Champion: Matthew Butterfield, Oxford

Reserve: Mason Creager, Wauseon



Grand Champion: Coby Hughes, Sabina

Reserve: Gracee Beth Stewart, Sabina



Grand Champion: Mason Creager, Wauseon

Reserve: Austin Hunker, Bellevue



Grand Champion: Cameron Shellhouse, Sycamore

Reserve: Jennifer Bittner, Hamilton



Grand Champion: Peyton Bumgardner, South Vienna

Reserve: Madelyn Harrison, Hamilton


Light Crossbred

Grand Champion: Ella Sprang, Lakeville

Reserve: Lea Kimley, South Charleston


Poland China

Grand Champion: Treanna Lavy, Pleasant Hill

Reserve: Ethan Wendt, Dublin



Grand Champion: Lindsey Dore, Galena

Reserve: Kaci Way, West Salem



Grand Champion: Liam Shellhouse, Sycamore

Reserve: Ashton Frey, Upper Sandusky



Grand Champion: Levi Stauffer, Mt. Blanchard

Reserve: Madison Petro, Gallipolis



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2017 Market Rabbit Sale

Setting a new record at the Ohio State Fair, the Grand Champion Rabbit Meat Pen, exhibited by Brittany Modra, from Monroe Country, sold for $6,800 to Direct Feeds and Show Rite Feeds. The Reserve Champion Rabbit Meat Pen, exhibited by Laramie Grubb, of Ross County, sold for $4,600 bought by Turner Oil and Gas Properties as well as the Ohio Market Rabbit Producers Association.

The top 30 exhibitors from the show were awarded premiums. Third place received $1,000, fourth place received $600, fifth place received $400, places six through 15 received $250 and places 16 to 30 received $125.


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August establishment of perennial forages

Our wet weather conditions throughout much of 2017 prevented spring establishment of perennial forages for many producers.  Additionally, the wet weather has caused stand loss in alfalfa fields due to compaction and crown damage from harvest on wet soils, and from root rot in poorly drained field areas.  As a result, replacement of some of those acres is necessary.  August provides growers with another window of opportunity to establish a perennial forage stand. Typically, the main risk with a late summer August planting is having sufficient moisture for seed germination and plant growth but this year that risk may be low.

There are some advantages to late summer forage planting as compared to a spring planting. Late summer planting means forage seedlings are not competing with the flush of annual spring and summer weed emergence/growth. The soil borne root rot and damping off disease organisms that thrive in cool, wet soils are not an issue.  

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It’s time to stockpile forages

For those who raise livestock, making hay is a way of life. However, after going through another frustrating hay season dealing with weather and equipment, there has to be a better way … and there is.

Stockpiling forages, especially cool-season grasses for fall and winter grazing, is an excellent option – and now’s the time to consider it. All you need to do is make a final grazing of the field or final mowing and let it grow until later in the fall or winter. Typically, adding nitrogen when stockpiling is initiated will increase yield and quality.

If you live in an area with fescue, this is the forage that usually works best. Other grasses like orchardgrass work, but the quality and yield diminishes faster as winter weather settles in. We have conducted research in eastern Ohio periodically over the past 25-plus years, and we have consistently had increased yield and quality when nitrogen fertilizer was added, although not always statistically significant.

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Registration for Cattlemen’s Gala, fundraiser for next generation, closes August 14

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation will hold the Cattlemen’s Gala Celebration and Fundraiser and sporting clays event Saturday, Aug. 26 in the Marysville and Delaware, Ohio areas. Registration will be accepted until Aug. 14 and no tickets may be purchased at the door.

Ohio’s cattlemen have a lot to celebrate. Plan to join the day-long festivities on Saturday, August 26 to support the Foundation’s youth scholarship fund benefiting the next generation of beef industry leaders. The day will start with a sporting clays shoot, from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., featuring individual and team competition to support the cause. Lunch will be included for participants.

Following the shoot, OCA will hold a Summer Business Meeting at Leeds Farm in Ostrander, Ohio to discuss proposed amendments to the OCA bylaws. The business meeting is free to attend and open to all OCA members.

Later that evening attendees can gather in their boots and hats for dinner, drinks, and dancing in the barn at the first Cattlemen’s Gala Celebration and Fundraiser also at Leeds Farm.

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2017 Ohio State Fair Jr. Dairy Show Results

Here are results from the 2017 Ohio State Fair Jr. Dairy Show. Further results will be made available as the shows progress.


Total animals shown: 115
Exhibitors: 58

YRP Grand Champion
Exhibitor: Kris Ackley
Animal: Ms Brookview Scaredycat
Sire: Butz-Butler Atwood Brady

YRP Reserve Grand Champion
Exhibitor: David Miley
Animal: Miley Gold Chip Gazella-T
Sire: Mr Chassity Gold Chip

YRP Junior Champion
Exhibitor: Marrisa Topp
Animal: Toppglen Awesome Wildflower
Sire: Luck-E Awesome-Red

YRP Reserve Junior Champion
Exhibitor: Emily Deam
Animal: OH-River-SYC-Soloman
Sire: Walnutlawn Soloman-ET

YRP Senior Champion
Exhibitor: David Miley
Animal: Miley Gold Chip Gazella
DOB: 9/7/12

YRP Reserve Senior Champion
Exhibitor: Kris Ackley
Animal: Craggan Goldwyn Zing (Aged Cow)
DOB: 9/2/10

Senior Showmanship (15 and over)
1. Logan Schlaugh
2. Brandon Sugg
3. Victoria Deam
4. Lindsey L’Amoreaux
5. 5.Ashley Hawvermale

Intermediate Showmanship (12-14)
1. Olivia Finke
2. Cole Pond
3. Emily Deam
4. Garrett Havens
5. Hayden King

Junior Showmanship (11 and under)

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High oleic soybeans in dairy ration produce more milkfat

With milk check butterfat values currently in the $2.50 to $2.70 per pound range and nearly a dollar more than protein, butterfat is where it’s at in terms of dairy producer income today.

A high oleic soybean variety that was tested recently at Penn State University for its dairy nutrition applications showed a surprisingly significant impact on raising the milkfat percentage. There was no impact on milk volume or other components and only a slight increase in dry matter intake, which resulted in no effect on feed efficiency in terms of energy-corrected milk.

With butterfat doubling in value to average $2.30 per pound over the past three years, a 0.2% increase in butterfat for an 80-pound dairy herd could mean 35 cents per hundredweight to the milk check under normal marketing conditions when milk volume and other components are unchanged.

Through a check-off grant from the Pennsylvania Soybean Board, Alexander Hristov, Ph.D., PAS, Penn State professor of dairy nutrition, led a project to evaluate dairy ration performance of three soybean meal sources: conventional, high linoleic extruded soybean meal; extruded Plenish (DuPont Pioneer) high oleic soybean meal; and whole, heated Plenish high oleic soybeans.

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State Fair legends

Quietly whistling to himself, the judge strolled by Mike’s steer, giving it a long look. Mike was nervous, but he’d had a good day. He was in the hunt for champion — the last paring down of more than 350 steers. He clutched the halter of his clear favorite, the one he’d had his eye on all year.

Mike’s father started a 4-H club with a focus on showing cattle and he and his brothers had done just that from their earliest 4-H days. They were like most 4-H families and there was always the issue of who would get what animal and Mike had spent his show career picking and choosing with his older brothers. This year, though, was different because Mike’s brothers were older and off to college. Mike got first and last choice.

The steer he led around the show ring at the command of the whistling judge had come from South Dakota.

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Japan raises tariffs on frozen beef

Japan said that rising imports of frozen beef in the first quarter of the Japanese fiscal year (April-June) have triggered a safeguard, resulting in an automatic increase to Japan’s tariff rate under the WTO on imports of frozen beef from the United States.

The increase, from 38.5% to 50%, will begin Aug. 1, 2017 and last through March 31, 2018. The tariff would affect only exporters from countries, including the United States, which do not have free trade agreements with Japan currently in force.

“I am concerned that an increase in Japan’s tariff on frozen beef imports will impede U.S. beef sales and is likely to increase the United States’ overall trade deficit with Japan,” said Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. “I have asked representatives of the Japanese government directly and clearly to make every effort to address these strong concerns, and the harm that could result to both American producers and Japanese consumers.”

Japan was the top export market for U.S.

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