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Ohio Cattlemen’s Association offers unique opportunities for breeders and youth

The Best of the Buckeye Program, hosted by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) in conjunction with the Ohio Beef Expo and the Ohio State Fair, is gearing up for its fifth season.

The program provides Ohio seedstock breeders an additional marketing opportunity, creates a source for moderately priced show steers and heifers by providing a program with awards and prestige, and attracts new participants interested in showing at the Ohio Beef Expo and/or the Ohio State Fair. Breeders are encouraged to request a Best of the Buckeye logo for use in printed and digital promotion of Best of the Buckeye eligible cattle. Email beef@ohiobeef.org to request the logo.

The Best of the Buckeye program will offer scholarship opportunities for Best of the Buckeye participants to offset the cost of purchasing, raising and exhibiting a Best of the Buckeye nominated calf. Scholarships will be awarded to less-experienced participants, ages 8 to 21, with consideration given to the applicant’s financial need.

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Trace element and VFD concerns raised in sheep flocks

Sheep producers were recently updated on nutrient concerns from research at the Buckeye Shepherd Symposium.

“What I tried to emphasize today was looking at one’s forage and making sure they test forage and see how that impacts the performance potential of their flock,” said Robert Van Saun, extension veterinarian for Penn State University. “I gave case examples of some challenges from an energy protein standpoint, from a high fiber standpoint, and then also imbalances and minerals.”

Micronutrients and the lack thereof across flocks were one of the concerns raised by Van Saun at the Symposium.

“That’s one of the challenges — we’re not seeing the classic clinical deficiency or toxicity cases, we’re seeing much more of just poor animal performance,” he said. “People are asking the questions how come my lamb loss is higher than usual? Why aren’t my ewes ewes getting bred back as well? Why is my lambing crop down?

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Nitrogen concerns in the mix?

This week I sat through three meetings on nutrients of concern in Ohio. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday — oh and while I was at one on the meetings I got a text with a picture of an Ohio legislator giving testimony on potential new phosphorus legislation.

On Tuesday, I was an invited speaker to the OSU soil fertility class along with a couple of others; the environmentalist of the group said that nitrogen was a great concern environmentally. I knew this but was surprised to hear her say it, because all I hear is about phosphorus and Lake Erie.

I sat through a meeting and discussion Wednesday on managing nitrogen in Ohio using precision application tools. Although the meeting was supposed to be about managing nitrogen, it seems to me it was more about selling goodies to hopefully manage nitrogen. And then on Friday I attended the rollout of the 4R retailer certification program statewide.

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Planting outside the box for more late summer grazing

Our agricultural endeavors usually require that we give heed to convention and tradition while sprinkling in some improvisation and creativity to achieve our goals. Early this fall I walked a field that was a mixed planting of sorghum sudangrass, brown top millet, sunn hemp, crimson clover, and just a dash of soybean. Before this crop, this was a poorly performing grain field and the producer had a need for space to graze livestock, he required space to spread manure, and he was driven to seek innovative ways to boost soil quality. A biological system that integrated the producer’s needs and kept the soil covered and nutrients onsite was this producer’s approach to address his newly acquired underperforming acreage. This is an example of intercropping which seeks to capitalize on the benefits of increased plant diversity and increased complexity of a crop rotation. It is a work in progress but with a little homework and effort this producer is working on an approach that keeps his soil condition a top priority and meets multiple goals for his production.

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Ohio beef farmers partner with Kroger to provide beef to local families for the holidays

The Ohio Beef Council, representing beef farmers throughout the state, is pleased to partner with Kroger and the Ohio Corn Marketing Program to provide beef to Ohio families in-need this holiday season. The beef donation will be made to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank through a campaign that launched December 2 on Facebook. It encourages social media enthusiasts to ‘share’ a post on Facebook, and ‘like’ both the Ohio Beef Council and Kroger Facebook pages. Each Facebook ‘share’ will result in the donation of two pounds of ground beef, which is enough to feed eight people. The campaign runs through Dec. 25.

Ohio beef farmers and Kroger representatives are excited to work together to help local families. “This promotion is a great example of collaboration to achieve a common goal,” said Deborah Thompson, public affairs manager of Kroger’s Columbus Division. “Together, with our friends at the Ohio Beef Council, we are looking to donate 28,000 beef meals to local families.

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OCA to set new policy for 2017 at Annual Meeting and Banquet

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) will celebrate Ohio’s cattlemen, hear from industry leaders and set new policy for 2017 at the OCA Annual Meeting and Banquet on January 21, 2017, at the Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center in Lewis Center, Ohio.

The morning will kick off at 9:00 AM with all county cattlemen’s association leaders meeting to learn more about the opportunities offered through their OCA County Affiliation. Local leaders will be provided with information and resources to take back to their county organizations to utilize throughout the year.

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation (OCF) luncheon will recognize the 2017 scholarship recipients, followed by the annual OCF business meeting.

Following the luncheon, OCA’s Annual Meeting will take place. Take an active role in OCA by attending this meeting. Members will set policy for upcoming year, receive program updates and Top Hand Club members will be recognized for their membership recruitment achievements.

The banquet highlights county affiliate activities, six industry leaders and families, and naming the 2017 Ohio Beef Ambassadors.

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Buckeye Shepherd Symposium notes positive year, exciting future

Ohio’s sheep industry convened in Wooster this past weekend for the annual Buckeye Shepherd Symposium. Education, awards, food, and fellowship all highlighted this year’s event.

“We have a lot of new people here today that we haven’t seen before and that is exciting for our industry,” said Roger High, executive director of the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association. “Programming was excellent. The food we had today was excellent for our participants and we just thought it was a great day with well over 200 people here in attendance.”

This year’s program revolved around three different specializations, including labor-saving technology, health and nutrition, and genetics.

“The awards program again went tremendous,” he said. “We recognized some of our youth winners here today. Our Lamb and Wool Queen Autumn Miller, some of our scholarship recipients — Nick Fowler who won the Dr. Jack Judy Scholarship and Delanie Wiseman who won the Ralph Grimshaw Scholarship.

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4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program announces statewide expansion

While Lake Erie has garnered much of the water quality attention in the state, more efforts are shifting to the state’s other bodies of fresh water, including the Ohio River, that are also experiencing issues with harmful algal blooms.

At an event last week, the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program announced the expansion of the voluntary retailer program to the full state of Ohio, allowing nutrient service providers across the state to participate in the efforts to reduce nutrient runoff into waterways.

The program encourages agricultural retailers, service providers and other certified professionals to adopt proven best practices through the 4Rs, using the Right Nutrient Source at the Right Rate and Right Time in the Right Place. The program is governed and guided by the Nutrient Stewardship Council (NSC), stakeholders from business, government, university and nongovernmental sectors with a common goal of maintaining agricultural productivity while reducing nutrient runoff that contributes to decreased water quality.

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Calling strikes on the diamond and hitting home runs in the sheep barn

In Ohio agriculture, the name Larry Shroyer is synonymous with club lambs and winning genetics in every show ring, from jackpot shows to county fairs and even the Ohio State Fair.

“Larry is probably most known for his club lamb work and his multi-generation Logan County farm,” said Roger A. High, Executive Director of The Ohio Sheep Improvement Association and Ohio Sheep and Wool Program. “Over the years he has brought a lot of knowledge and leadership to our industry.”

Shroyer has earned the respect of his peers in the industry by raising sheep in the purebred business, but in the club lamb business in particular and having great success.

“The Shroyer family farm is top notch in everything they do,” High said. “The family uses the latest technology when it comes to artificial insemination and embryo transfer and they are considered one of the top club lamb producers in the state, not to mention how much they have helped young people get into the business, learn the business and become successful.”

3120_003Over the weekend Shroyer was honored with the Charles Boyles Master Shepherd Award at the 2016 Buckeye Shepherds’ Symposium.

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Antibiotic-resistant gene discovered in farrowing barn through OSU research

A recent research paper from the Ohio State University study detailed the discovery of an antibiotic-resistant gene in one farrowing barn.

“It is an extremely rare gene. How it got on this farm, we don’t know,” said Thomas Wittum, chair of the veterinary medicine team at The Ohio State University.

According to the National Pork Board, an important takeaway from the study is that the U.S. pork supply is safe. The bla IMP-27 gene identified in the study was not found in a market hog, and there was no threat to food safety. The gene allows bacteria to resist a class of antibiotics called carbapenems.

As experts in swine production, the Pork Checkoff is eager to analyze the initial findings, alongside its authors, and better understand results of this report from this farm. Specifically, resistant gene samples were found in one barn, on one site without any confirmed indication of how the resistant gene got there.

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Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) for 4-H youth livestock producers and families

What is a VFD?

A VFD is a written (nonverbal) statement issued by a licensed veterinarian that authorizes the use of an approved VFD drug or combination VFD drug in or on an animal feed. This written statement authorizes the client (owner of the animal) to obtain and use animal feed bearing or containing a VFD drug or combination VFD drug to treat the client’s animals only in accordance with the conditions for use approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). The client (youth producer) must establish a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR) to be able to get a VFD. This is true whether the 4-H member has one food-producing animal or several.

 

When must the VFD be implemented?

January 1, 2017. Starting January 1, 2017, you can no longer stop by a feed store and buy a bag of medicated feed containing certain types of antibiotics that were previously classified as over-the-counter (OTC) drugs.

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The 2016 Ohio Dairy Challenge

The 2016 Ohio Dairy Challenge was held Oct. 21 and 22 and was sponsored by Cargill Animal Nutrition, Elanco, Purina Animal Nutrition, Renaissance Nutrition, Sexing Technologies, and VitaPlus. Dairy Challenge provides the opportunity for students at Ohio State University to experience the process of evaluating management practices on a dairy farm and to interact with representatives in the dairy industry.

The program is held in a contest format for undergraduate students whereby they are grouped into teams of three to four individuals. Veterinary and graduate students are invited to attend the farm visit and participate in a meeting later in the evening with the contest judges to discuss observations on the farm. The farm selected for the contest this year was the Three Flags Dairy in Forest owned by Geert and Wiesje Kruiter. The Kruiter family started milking at the facility in 2010, and there are about 715 cows in the operation.

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Reunion in China helps highlight little known Ohio agricultural training efforts

Here’s one of Ohio’s best kept secrets: For the past 20 years, Dr. Mike Chrisman of The Ohio State University and his Chinese-American colleague, Zhang Yining, have managed an advanced agricultural training program in the U.S. for students from around the world. So far, more than 12,000 have completed this internship experience.

Even some of the “big dogs” at OSU were clueless about it. At least until November when the Ohio State agricultural training program held a reunion for past interns in Beijing, China. The reunion was held in Beijing, I believe, because more interns have come from China than nearly any other country.

Along with the reunion, Chrisman and Yining organized a two-day continuing education event. I was invited (along with four others) to speak on the latest developments in the dairy industry.

I found the reunion to be informative and emotional. The former interns described their training and experience in the U.S., where they gained experience managing large agricultural enterprises such as dairy farms, poultry layer houses and greenhouses.

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#HamsAcrossAmerica

The Pork Checkoff is encouraging pig farmers to pay-it-forward with a new holiday campaign called #HamsAcrossAmerica. This first-annual event encourages farmers and others involved in the pork industry to show their appreciation for friends, family and neighbors through the gift of ham —  in the form of gifts or donations of ham or ham-based products.

“For pig farmers, volunteering at community events and participating in local fundraisers, has always been a part of what makes us who we are,” said Brad Greenway, 2016 America’s Pig Farmer of the Year, from Mitchell, South Dakota. “Hams Across America allows farmers to not only live the We Care ethical principles, but also share their love of the product that they produce.”

Pig farmers are encouraged to extend Giving Tuesday through Dec. 23 with Hams Across America by simply purchasing a gift of ham and paying-it-forward. Participants are also encouraged to share their pay-it-forward stories on social media using #RealPigFarming and #HamsAcrossAmerica.

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Large pork supply being addressed by checkoff efforts

America’s pig farmers will produce a record-breaking number of market hogs this year, resulting in ample supplies of pork hitting grocery stores and restaurants. It is anticipated that this high level of production will continue well into 2017.

“The U.S. economy is growing, and that is good for meat demand,” said Len Steiner, a pork industry economist. “Some key indicators of growth include the stock market recently hitting all-time record highs, increasing consumer confidence and an unemployment rate now at 4.9%, demonstrating the U.S. economy is at or near full employment.”

Steiner added that total meat production continues to increase, moving from 90.9 billion pounds in 2014 with expectations for meat output to exceed 101 billion pounds this year. Not since the mid-1990s has meat production increased so quickly.

“We estimate that 2016 U.S. pork production will set an all-time record just shy of 25 billion pounds, with even more pork expected to be produced in 2017,” Steiner said.

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Milk and nutrition

The erosion of milk’s reputation as a healthy food choice is the biggest issue facing the nation’s dairy industry, said the new dairy chair for The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

“We could survive longer on milk without food, without water, without pizza, than you can survive on anything else,” said Rafael Jimenez-Flores, who joined the college as the J.T. “Stubby” Parker Endowed Chair in Dairy Foods earlier this year.

Jimenez-Flores has made it his mission to demonstrate scientifically the nutritional benefits of milk in the face of “fear mongering” that may have led to some public misconceptions that it is not good for you. “It is unethical to use fear for profit when we are trying to feed the world,” he said.

Calling milk “the only food that has evolved with us,” Jimenez-Flores points out that the lactose in milk favors positive gut bacteria, which aid digestion.

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Holidays are a busy time for turkey farmers

The holiday season ensures a busy time of year for turkey farmers and 2016 has been no exception. Bowman and Landes Turkeys of New Carlisle  have been specializing in free-range gourmet turkeys since 1948 and the tradition continues today.

“In our business, we have a lot of focus on the whole turkey market for Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is definitely what we would consider our busy season. We hire a bunch of additional employees to help us get through it,” said Drew Bowman, part of the third generation involved in the business. “We have a large focus on providing whole turkeys, breasts, and roasts for the grocers of the world. But we also work with the food service side — restaurants, colleges, catering — so we have a year-round business as well.”

With catering to such a niche sector of the market, Bowman commented on the state of their business.

“It’s been going well for us,” he said.

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Beef Industry Update meeting Dec. 1

A Beef Industry Update meeting provided by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) will take place in Leetonia. Beef producers from Columbia, Mahoning, Trumbull and surrounding counties are encouraged to attend.  The meeting will be held Thursday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. at the American Legion – 540 Main Street – Leetonia, OH 44431.

A complimentary dinner will be hosted by OCA Allied Industry Council (AIC) members Animal Profiling International and Multimin USA and door prizes will be provided. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from Pete Hausser, Animal Profiling International and Multimin USA’s Midwestern representative, on keeping their cow herd profitable. OCA Staff will be in attendance to discuss OCA events and policy updates.

Contact the OCA office at 614-873-6736 or email beef@ohiobeef.org for more information about the industry update meetings. More information can also be found at www.ohiocattle.org.

The Beef Industry Updates are sponsored by the Animal Profiling International and Multimin USA.

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A loss for agriculture on Election Day

When an election season includes a vote for President, the issues that are further down the ballot rarely get any attention. That is the case for a ballot initiative, “Question 3”, proposed in Massachusetts that will make it illegal to sell veal, pork or eggs from animals that have been confined to crates or cages of a certain size. The recent passage of that initiative is a blow to not only agriculture in that state, but around the country.

“The legislation not only banned those practices in Massachusetts, but it also bans any products from being sold in the state that came from operations that used those housing methods,” said Hannah Thomson-Weeman, communications director for the Animal Agriculture Alliance. “Massachusetts is not a big ag state and it only has one farm that has cages for their laying hens, which is why activists groups chose to put this type of legislation on the ballot there.”

The Humane Society of the United States was the main driver of this initiative investing over $2 million, over 90% of the funds raised for backing this plan, outspending the opposition by a rate of 10 to one.

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Black vulture causing more problems in Ohio

The turkey vulture has long been a common (if not always pleasant) sight throughout Ohio’s rural landscape, but in more recent years its nastier, more brazen cousin has been showing up in the state.

Black vultures — like turkey vultures — are scavengers that feast on carrion, providing a valuable service. Black vultures, though, are known to take things one-step further by facilitating the animal’s death when it suits their purposes.

“Over the better part of at least the past 15 years, Ohio livestock producers have increasingly experienced problems with black vultures. Unlike its red-headed cousin the turkey vulture that feeds only on the carcasses of dead animals, black vultures are an aggressive bird that will, on occasion, kill other animals for food,” said Stan Smith, program assistant in Ag and Natural Resources for Fairfield County Extension. “It’s not an uncommon occurrence for a black vulture to attack a cow in the pasture while in labor in an effort to prey on the newly-born calf even while still in the birth canal.”

The black vulture’s range is throughout much of the southeastern United States down into Texas and Mexico, though the bird has been seen as far north as Maine.

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