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NAILE Sheep Show Results

Junior Corriedale Show

Reserve Grand Champion Ewe: Kody Wolf, Karey

Junior Dorper/White Dorper Show

Champion Ram: Jessica Jean Larrick, Leesburg

Reserve Champion Ram: Wyatt Guenther Wertz, Raymond

Champion Ewe: Jessica Jean Larrick, Leesburg

Reserve Champion Ewe: Inbody Brothers, Bluffton

Junior Horned Dorset Show

Reserve Grand Champion Ram: Austin, Logan, & Addison Inbody, Bluffton

Junior Market Wether Lamb Show

Naturals Reserve Champion: Mark Wallen, St. Paris

Shropshires Champion: Emily Shellhouse, Delaware

Junior Natural Colored Show

Reserve Grand Champion Ewe: Kodi Paulus, Casstown

Best Fleece: Chelsea Shell, Midland

Junior Polled Dorset Show

Grand Champion Slick Shorn Ram: Kodi Paulus, Casstown

Junior Rambouillet Show

Reserve Grand Champion Ram: Mark Inbody, Bluffton

Reserve Grand Champion Ewe: Mark Inbody, Bluffton

Open Polled Dorset Show

Fitted Senior Reserve Champion Ram: Ram and Ewe Farm, South Solon

Fitted Junior Reserve Champion Ram: Riverwood Farms, Powell

Slick Shorn Grand Champion Ram: Riverwood Farms, Powell

Flock & Premier Exhibitor: Riverwood Farms, Powell

Open Suffolk Show

Reserve Junior Champion Slick Shorn Ewe: Wiford Suffolk, Wapakoneta

Open Dorper/White Dorper Show

Dorper Reserve Champion Ram: Riverwood Farms, Powell

Dorper Reserve Champion Ewe: Jessica Jean Larrick, Leesburg

Dorper Premier Exhibitor: Riverwood Farms, Powell

White Dorper Champion Ram: Riverwood Farms, Powell

White Dorper Champion Ewe: Riverwood Farms, Powell

White Dorper Reserve Champion Ewe: Riverwood Farms, Powell

White Dorper Premier Exhibitor: Riverwood Farms, Powell

Supreme Champion Dorper/White Dorper Ram: Riverwood Farms, Powell

Open Natural Colored Show

Premier Exhibitor: Sonja Conner, Ashville

Supreme Champion Ram: Kodi and Kamron Paulus, Casstown

Overall Premier Exhibitor: Kodi and Kamron Paulus, Casstown

Open Polled Dorset Show

Fitted Reserve Senior Champion Ram: Ram and Ewe Farm, South Solon

Fitted Reserve Junior Champion Ram: Riverwood Farms, Powell

Slick Shorn Grand Champion Ram: Riverwood Farms, Powell

Premier Exhibitor: Riverwood Farms, Powell

Open Romney Show

Grand Champion Ram: Julian & Moore Sheep Co., Rootstown

Grand Champion Ewe: Julian & Moore Sheep Co., Rootstown

Reserve Grand Champion Ewe: Julian & Moore Sheep Co., Rootstown

Premier Exhibitor: Julian & Moore Sheep Co., Rootstown

Open Shropshire Show

Reserve Junior Champion Ram: Randy and Julie Rife, Yellow Springs

Reserve Grand Champion Ram: Randy and Julie Rife, Yellow Springs

Open Tunis Show

Reserve Junior Champion Ewe: Bruns Tunis, Maria Stein

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Jersey Youth Academy deadline drawing near

Friday, Nov. 30 is the deadline to submit applications for the third Jersey Youth Academy, presented by the American Jersey Cattle Association.

Youth who will be juniors or seniors in high school in the fall of 2013 and current college students who will have at least one year remaining to complete their degree are eligible to apply. Applicants must be U.S. residents. A total of 36 individuals will be selected for the program scheduled for July 14 through 19, 2013 in Columbus.

The application is posted on the Academy web site at http://academy.usjersey.com. Applications must be received in the office no later than 4:30 p.m. Eastern time on Nov. 30.

Selection will be based on an evaluation of merit, motivation and preparation for the program as reflected in the written application and goal statement.

Established in 2008, Jersey Youth Academy achieves three broad objectives: first, for the participants to learn why and how the Jersey breed has grown and prospered, and what the future holds for the Jersey business; second, for them to meet leaders from the Jersey community and from across the support industry, and to gain their unique insights about the dairy business with a specific focus on the Jersey cow; and third, to learn about the range of career opportunities that involve the Jersey breed and Jersey products, and begin the journey that will take them to success working in the Jersey dairy business.… Continue reading

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NCBA pushing for estate tax relief

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) joined more than 30 groups representing the agriculture industry in sending letters to the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate urging them to provide farmers and ranchers with permanent and meaningful relief from the estate tax. Current estate tax relief is set to expire at the end of 2012 with exemption levels dropping to $1 million per individual and the tax rate increasing to 55%.

“If Congress allows current estate tax relief to expire it will have a devastating impact on the cattle industry. America’s farmers and ranchers are small business owners who cannot afford to foot the bill for government inaction,” said NCBA President J.D. Alexander. “The fate of American agriculture and our economic recovery rests on there being certainty in the tax code and continued relief from the burdensome death tax.”

Reducing the tax burden on cattlemen and women has always been a top priority for NCBA and the beef cattle community.… Continue reading

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County MQP program broadens exhibitor experience

By Matt Reese

When it comes to youth exhibitors in the livestock show ring at the county, state or national level, it is undeniable that many valuable life lessons can be learned. It is also undeniable, though, that there are often discrepancies between the end results in the show ring compared to commercial operations.

To address this issue, exhibitors have had the opportunity to participate in Muscle Quality and Performance (MQP) programs at the Ohio State Fair to get a better glimpse into the types of animals that can perform in a commercial operation. This has been a popular and successful endeavor at the state level, and for the past few years, at the county level as well in Fairfield County.

“The swine and lamb MQP programs in Fairfield County are unique because no other counties offer their FFA and 4-H

livestock exhibitors such a ‘real world’ livestock production program,” said Stan Smith, Fairfield County Extension program assistant.… Continue reading

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Turkey cost up slightly in 2012 for Thanksgiving dinner

The retail cost of menu items for a classic Thanksgiving dinner including turkey, stuffing, cranberries, pumpkin pie and all the basic trimmings increased less than 1% this year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.

AFBF’s 27th annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $49.48, a 28-cent price increase from last year’s average of $49.20.

“At just under $5 per person, the cost of this year’s meal remains a bargain,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman, a rice and cattle producer from Texas. “Our diverse farm and ranch families are honored to produce the food from our nation’s land for family Thanksgiving celebrations. During this holiday season, I am encouraging farmers and ranchers to reach out to consumers in-person or through social media, to answer questions about the food that they grow or the livestock and poultry they raise.”

The AFBF survey shopping list includes turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of carrots and celery, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and beverages of coffee and milk, all in quantities sufficient to serve a family of 10.… Continue reading

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Select Sires offering two internships to dairy students

Select Sires Inc. has announced plans to offer two summer internships at its headquarters facility in Plain City, Ohio, during the summer of 2013. Positions are available within the sales and marketing and communications departments, with applications due by January 1, 2013.

“Both practical work experience within the industry and networking are extremely important in helping college students prepare for full-time employment upon graduation,” says David Thorbahn, Select Sires president and C.E.O. “That’s why Select Sires offers hands-on internship opportunities each year. These internships help introduce students to the industry side of agriculture, while they contribute to the day-to-day operation of the Select Sires federation.”

College students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in dairy science, animal science, agricultural economics, agricultural communications or related agricultural fields may apply for these internships. Applicants must be familiar with cattle pedigree information. Previous dairy judging team experience is an advantage. While important for all internships, strong writing and computer skills are a requirement for students working in corporate communications.… Continue reading

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Results NAILE dairy shows

Junior Ayrshire Show

Senior & Grand Champion: Mill Valley Rosels Ginger, first place aged cow, exhibited by Trevor Greiwe, Sidney

Reserve Senior & Reserve Grand Champion: Mill Valley Rosette’s Ronda,  second place aged cow, exhibited by Trevor Greiwe, Sidney

Junior Brown Swiss Show (Judge: Eric Topp, Botkins)

Senior & Grand Champion: Aldens Prunki Precipitation, senior two-year-old, exhibited by Daniel Alden, Danville

Junior State Herd: Ohio, first place

Junior Guernsey Show

Reserve Junior Champion: Hearts Desire Jackpot Sweet, fall calf, exhibited by Marshall Overholt, Big Prairie

Junior State Herd: Ohio, third place

Junior Holstein Show

Junior Champion: Starmark Jordan Princess, winter calf, exhibited by Brandon Sugg, Wooster

Junior Jersey Show (Judge: Chris Lahmers, Marysville)

Junior Champion: DKG Motion Nancy, spring yearling, exhibited by Trevor Greiwe, Sidney

Junior State Herd: Ohio, first place

Junior Red and White Show

Junior Showmanship: Kiersten Sugg, Wooster, first place

Junior Milking Shorthorn Show

Junior Showmanship: Sam Rhoades, Greenville, first place

Intermediate Showmanship: Hannah Rhoades, Greenville, first place, Sarah Rhoades, Greenville, second place

Junior Champion: Buckeye Knoll Plamazing, winter calf, exhibited by Sarah Rhoades, Greenville

Open Ayrshire Show

Reserve Junior Champion: Mill Valley Supreme Lorraine, winter calf, exhibited by Mill Valley Farms, Sidney

Reserve Senior Champion: Mill Valley Rosels Ginger, first place aged cow, exhibited by Trevor Greiwe, Sidney

Exhibitors Herd: Mill Valley Farms, Sidney, first place

Premier Breeder: Mill Valley Farms, Sidney

Open Brown Swiss Show

State Herd: Ohio, second place

Open Holstein Show

Junior Champion: Express SMD Braxton Devin, winter yearling, exhibited by Stan-Mar-Dale/Express, Urbana

Open Jersey Show

Reserve Junior Champion: DKG Motion Nancy, spring yearling, exhibited by Donna Greiwe, Sidney

Intermediate & Grand Champion: Cascadia Iatola Puzzle, senior three year old, exhibited by Gene Iager, Pleasant Plain

State Herd: Ohio, second

Open Milking Shorthorn

Intermediate Champion: Spring Meadows Spark Hatti, senior two year old, exhibited by Spring Meadows Farm, Urbana

Junior Champion: Blue Spruce Megad McKenzie, fall yearling, exhibited by Jason Robinson and Blue Spruce Farm, New Holland

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National Pork Board meeting this week

The worst drought to hit the United States since the 1950s is prompting the National Pork Board to consider adding some marketing muscle to its 2013 budget before giving it final approval next week.

“The drought has changed the landscape for pork producers,” said National Pork Board President Conley Nelson, an Algona, Iowa, farmer and pork production executive. “Record-high corn and soybean prices have driven hog-production costs to record levels, resulting in significant financial losses. As a result, many farmers have marketed some of their animals earlier than they would have otherwise and kept fewer young female pigs for breeding.

“That means there is more pork on the market now than normal and that by spring there will be less pork on the market than usual. The National Pork Board is in a position to help its farmers now and in the spring with some additional promotional support, and that is what the board will address next week.”

One proposal, Nelson said, is to add additional resources to both the 2013 domestic product marketing budget and international marketing programs.… Continue reading

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Controlled drainage paid off in 2012

By Matt Reese

The 100-bushel soybean yields at Louie Rehm’s Wayne County farm have been getting quite a bit of attention this fall for their performance above the ground, but that is largely due to what was happening below the ground. The big yields were boosted by the installation of a controlled drainage system this spring that provided the moisture the crop needed through the dry conditions this summer.

“The rest of our beans are running in the high 40s or low 50s — nothing like this field,” Rehm said. “This spring we tiled the field and we decided we wanted to install the blocks to hold back the

water. It really helped this year. Even in the drought this summer, the beans never wilted once because of the water they had in the soil where we blocked the tile. It was incredible. They just kept growing and growing.

“They held the water all summer.… Continue reading

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Ohio bull wins World Champion Texas Longhorn

The world’s largest horned cattle gathered October 26 & 27, at the Cox Center in downtown Oklahoma City, OK for a horn measuring championship — over 400 of them.

Normally cattle of this breed with a Texas origin, are assumed to grab the spot light — not so this time.  The young bull “Clear Win” was the World Champion Tip To Tip with 81.25″ for Div. III – A. He is a product of Dickinson Cattle Co Inc (DCCI) of Barnesville, Ohio.  While in the especially designed side squeeze chute his base circumference was measured at 19 13/16″ and his complete horn (calculated with all four measurements) earned another World Champion bronze, a record for age, a whopping 209 7/16.”

The Texas Longhorn Marketing Alliance and International Texas Longhorn Association joined forces to stage a 5 ring circus style event like no other in Texas Longhorn history.  TLMA measures horns for 4 different divisions and awards a huge bronze to the best of the best. … Continue reading

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Thick-cut pork promotion in Japan

Thick-cut pork chops and roasts are a staple of the American dinner table, but thinly sliced meats are more the standard for chefs and homemakers in Japan. To introduce consumers to new pork cooking techniques that work for larger cuts, U.S. Meat Export Federation-Japan hired popular cooking instructor Rika Yukimasa to develop U.S. pork recipes — including some for microwave cooking — that will be introduced during a two-month promotion that runs through the end of 2012.

“While pork is a popular choice for Japanese meals, thick-cut pork is not familiar to Japanese consumers or retailers,” said Takemichi Yamashoji, senior marketing director for USMEF-Japan.

USMEF introduced thick-cut U.S. pork at the spring FoodEx food show in Tokyo, and followed that with a promotion with Japanese retail giant Aeon at 2,000 stores across the country. Influenced by Aeon’s success, other nationwide and leading regional supermarkets have begun promoting U.S. thick-cut pork as well.… Continue reading

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ARS research reduces piglet mortality

To help increase the survival of newborn piglets, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have developed a new method that predicts animals’ mortality and nursing ability.

Physiologist Jeffrey Vallet and his colleagues at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Roman L. Hruska U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) in Clay Center, Neb., call the measuring technique the “immunocrit,” which determines whether preweaning piglets receive adequate colostrum from the sow. ARS is USDA’s principal intramural scientific research agency, and this research supports the USDA priority of promoting international food security.

Preweaning mortality costs the U.S. swine industry an estimated $1.6 billion each year, and one of the contributing factors is deficient colostrum intake by piglets. The colostrum produced by a sow after giving birth contains immunoglobulins, or antibodies, which help build immunity against bacteria, viruses and other foreign elements. Piglets that fail to nurse and receive enough colostrum from their mother within the first 24 hours after birth usually die.… Continue reading

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Wool price on the rise

The wool market continued its positive autumn theme through October with a weekly rise of 4.4% late in the month. A stronger Australian currency failed to dent the momentum and, in U.S. dollar terms, the Australian market closed 52 U.S. cents higher for the week.

Europe emerged as the dominant buying force with additional strong support from Chinese and Indian buyers.

The Australian Wool Exchanges Eastern Market Indicator (EMI) increased by AUD$1.10 over the past four sales. The week closed with the EMI hitting 1,048 Australian cents per kilogram (clean), its highest level since July 12. In U.S. dollar terms, the EMI rose to 1,085 US cents per kilogram (clean).

Fine wools continue to head towards a more normal premium with the basis separating 18.5 and 21 micron having risen from its autumnal low of circa 50 cents to a more respectable 123 cents this week.

Reaction from overseas markets was relatively positive this fall with evidence of some large orders coming onto the market from spinners who had previously held back waiting for either lower prices or who have simply been waiting for more certainty from downstream.… Continue reading

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2013 Antibiotic Residue Prevention Manual now available to dairy producers

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) has released a revised version of its Milk and Dairy Beef Drug Residue Prevention Manual for 2013. As an area of focus for the National Dairy FARM Program, the manual can be found online.

The Milk and Dairy Beef Drug Residue Prevention Manual is a concise review of appropriate antibiotic use in dairy animals. The manual is a quick resource to review those antibiotics approved for dairy animals and can also be used as an educational tool for farm managers as they develop their on-farm best management practices necessary to avoid milk and meat residues.

Additions to the 2013 version include a section on avoiding potential residue violations from extra-label drug use in an unapproved class of cattle, cephalosporin extra-label use prohibitions, as well as an updated drug and test kit list. The 2013 manual includes a certificate of participation that can be signed by a producer and his/her veterinarian to demonstrate their commitment to the proper use of antibiotics.… Continue reading

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Ohio beef farmers team up to donate one ton of beef

More than one ton of lean ground beef was donated to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank Oct. 25, 2012 by Ohio’s beef farmers and Kroger. Throughout the summer, Columbus Clippers, Kroger, the Ohio Soybean Council, Ohio Corn Marketing Program and the Mid-Ohio Foodbank partnered with Ohio beef farmers in Striking Out Hunger with Lean Beef. A donation of more than 2,000 pounds of lean ground beef is the result of that partnership.

Thanks to the skill of the Columbus Clippers’ pitching staff, every strike out they recorded during the 2012 baseball season resulted in a donation of two pounds of lean ground beef to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

The donation doesn’t stop there, as one pound of lean ground beef feeds a family of four while providing 10 essential vitamins and nutrients and accounting for only 150 calories. The successful program resulted in a donation of more than 8,000 lean beef meals.

“On behalf of Ohio’s beef farmers I would like to say how honored we were to be a part of this program,” said Bill Sexten, chairman of the Ohio Beef Council Operating Committee.… Continue reading

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Beef industry will continue to suffer from drought

High feed prices and large financial losses brought on by a combination of multi-year drought in the Southern Plains and the 2012 Midwestern drought will continue their stranglehold on the nation’s beef industry in the coming months, a Purdue Extension agricultural economist says.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, September cattle placements onto feedlots dropped a sharp 19% compared with September 2011. July and August also were months of decline.

“Drought has been particularly cruel to the beef cattle industry,” Chris Hurt said. “Brood cows remain the last major livestock industry that is land-extensive. So when dryness causes wide stretches of land to be unable to support cow grazing, producers have to buy feed or send cows to town.”

The USDA currently lists 54% of the nation’s pastures in “poor” or “very poor” condition — the lowest two pasture condition ratings. That lack of quality grazing land means beef producers have to supplement animal diets with expensive feeds.… Continue reading

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Ohio hog farmers, Legacy Farms and the Fair Oaks Pig Adventure

By Heather Hetterick and Matt Reese

City neighbors move in next door and the don’t like the smells and dust of farm life, voters are too easily swayed by emotional issues and not the facts, farmers’ efforts are taken for granted — folks in agriculture spend a tremendous amount of time complaining about the rift between production agriculture and the general public, and all of the associated challenges and problems.

But rather than complain about the problems, Fair Oaks Dairy in northwestern Indiana started the Fair Oaks Dairy Adventure in 2004, which has become the nation’s largest agritourism destination. The dairy gives nearly half a million annual visitors complete access to every aspect of dairy farming and, in the process, makes great strides in narrowing that consumer-agriculture gap.

The next step in this wildly successful venture is the addition of Legacy Farm, a fully functioning, 2,400-sow farrowing/gestation operation that is funded, built, owned and operated by Belstra Milling.… Continue reading

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ATI dedicated new cattle handling facility

The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI) this month dedicated a new beef cattle handling facility that will offer students and beef producers the most up-to-date instruction on animal handling.

ATI worked with Grandin Livestock Handling Systems, Inc. of Fort Collins, Col., to construct the facility that was designed by renowned animal behaviorist Temple Grandin. The new facility is designed to meet the needs of both Ohio State ATI and beef producers around Ohio. The progressive design includes a corral, a dual chute system with a hydraulic squeeze chute and breeding box, and sorting pens.

One of the distinctive features of Grandin’s design is a system of curved chutes combined with a round crowd pen. The tendency of cattle when herded is to move back in the direction they came from. The round pen moves the cattle through a 180-degree turn, thus working with, rather than against, their natural behavior.… Continue reading

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Grocery staples are on the rise

By David White, Ohio Livestock Coalition

Increases in retail food prices continue to be in the news. With upcoming holiday meal planning, conversation and concern about the price of food is likely to escalate. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) shows that the index for food consumed at home has risen 0.8% over the past 12 months. The index for food consumed away from home increased 0.2% in September and has risen 2.8% over the past 12 months.

According to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), shoppers paid more for food at the grocery store during the third quarter of 2012, with many popular breakfast staples — eggs, bacon, orange juice, milk — showing an increase in retail price.

AFBF conducts an informal quarterly survey of 16 food items that can be used to prepare one or more meals. The third quarter survey revealed that the total cost of the items was $51.90, about one dollar or 2% more compared to the second quarter of this year.… Continue reading

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Ohioans make their mark at the World Dairy Expo

By Hannah Thompson, OCJ staff writer

Every year during the first week of October, Madison, Wis., is flooded with dairy enthusiasts from around the globe looking to view some of the best dairy cattle in the world, eat some of the best cheese curds and dairy treats, and take advantage of the expertise of leaders in the industry’s top companies.

This year, 71,788 visitors from 96 countries traveled to Madison for the World Dairy Expo, themed “Market Fresh” and held October 2-6 at the Alliant Energy Center. The Buckeye state was well represented as always among those visitors, cattle, and businesses 

Trading up

The trade show at World Dairy Expo is one of the largest in the world, with 863 exhibiting companies hailing from 28 countries filling spots in multiple buildings. Visitors can find everything from art, jewelry and clothing to milking systems, cattle waterbeds and feed additives, while also stopping to enjoy some cheese curds or ice cream.… Continue reading

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