“Welp, we’re going to try and get around the grounds pretty quickly today so we can get you boys back to school before the end of the day.”
The two third grade boys in the back seat looked at each other with genuine concern.
We were on our way to the 2018 Farm Science Review with my friend Jon Miller, his son, Carter, and my son, Parker. This was the first time visiting the show for the two excited farm boys.
Jon took the boys around the exhibit area in the morning before working an afternoon shift in the Ohio Corn and Wheat building and then I took the boys out to the harvest demonstration area in the afternoon to help me with taking photos. The boys helped me find good ears of corn and the best-looking combines in the field for picture subject matter. They also provided entertaining commentary about their differing paint colors of choice, rooting on the combines accordingly.
All exhibitors in the 2018 Market Lamb Sale got at least $975 with contributions from the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association and LEAD Council Banner Booster Program including Apex Clean Energy, Fowler Family Southdowns, Backwoods Farm, Reynolds Club Lambs, Black Thunder Breaking Donkey’s — Garrett Krasula, Emma Matthews Photography, Tom Butler Farms, Amstutz Club Lambs, Kalmbach Feeds, Umbarger Feeds, Elvin Elifritz Double E Dorsets, Johnson Show Lambs.
State FFA Sentinel: Mallary Caudill, West Liberty Salem
State FFA Reporter: Bailey Eberhart, Harrison Central
State FFA Treasurer: Kalyn Strahley, Paulding
State FFA Secretary: Gretchen Lee, Pettisville
State FFA Vice President: Holly McClay, Fredericktown
State FFA President: Kolesen McCoy, Global Impact STEM Academy
State Vice Presidents – At Large: Austin Becker, Fairbanks; Tyler Zimpfer, Anna; Grace Lach, Bloom-Carroll; Grant Lach, Bloom-Carroll; Emma Dearth, Amanda-Clearcreek
The Ohio Pork Congress had the largest attendance in several years since it moved to its Columbus location.
“We’ve been blessed to have good participation over the past several years and this is a record for the last 10 or 12 years,” said Rich Deaton, Ohio Pork Council president. “We had over 500 pre-registered and that is due to the event planning committee. It just goes to show that if we get the right program and right presenters here, people will come and benefit from what they have to share.”
The event followed the Tri-State Sow Housing Conference held the previous day and the topic was a natural topic of conversation as the 2025 deadline for implementation of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board sow housing requirements draws closer.
“One of the things that is on our minds here in Ohio is the magic number of 2025 when the sow housing changes have to be implemented.
Late Sunday night Sam Sutherly got a catastrophic phone call he never wanted.
“When I got the phone call I just said, ‘Oh that’s nice.’ I turned to my wife and said, ‘I really don’t want to go.’”
The Sutherly family owns Miami Valley Feed and Grain in New Carlisle where a grain tank collapsed late on Jan. 21, spilling around 365,000 bushels of corn worth over $1.25 million.
“The tank gave way and the impact of the corn caused the nearby transformers to explode,” Sutherly said. “Our renters there at the elevator — there is a house on the grounds — said it sounded like a jet airplane was coming in and she looked out and all the corn was laying on the ground. The tank was built in 1968 when the government wanted to do some government storage. It was full. It was 72-feet tall to the edge and then an additional 20 feet tall to the peak of the cone.”
The wave of corn washed over the grounds, leveled multiple buildings and buried Route 571.
The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet was held in January in Lewis Center at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center. More than 200 attended the event that offered educational breakout sessions, several new youth opportunities, the annual meeting, and evening banquet.
“We got an update from Washington, D.C. We heard about where we stand on the electronic logging devices, which is a big issue for a lot of our members and we talked about water quality issues. We also had our first annual youth quiz bowl and we had 42 individuals participate. We are trying to get some more of the youth involved in what we are doing here,” said Sasha Rittenhouse, the new Ohio Cattlemen’s Association president. “One of the biggest things I am looking forward to as president is giving back to an association that I truly believe benefits every single beef producer in the state.
What started as a livestock project back in 1944 has become a multi-generational legacy for an Ohio family that has built a reputation across the country in the Corriedale sheep breed.
“This farm started as a general livestock farm with Shorthorn cattle, Poland China hogs and a few sheep,” said Al Kin, the eldest member of the Wyandot County family. “After a few years with Hampshire and Shropshire lambs, my dad was looking for a breed that had more wool and was easier to lamb with, so when my brother got into FFA he took on a Corriedale sheep project. Dad liked the results so much he bought a ram and started a purebred flock.”
After over seven decades of hard work, dedication and success, the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association and the Ohio Sheep and Wool Program saw it fit to name Al Kin, along with his sons Jim and Phil, as the 2017 Charles Boyles Master Shepherds of the Year announced at the Shepherd Symposium last weekend.