The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) hosted the Best of the Buckeye shows at the Ohio State Fair from July 29 to Aug. 9. The Best of the Buckeye program is coordinated by OCA and held in conjunction with the Ohio Beef Expo and Ohio State Fair. The Ohio State Fair had a strong show with more than 200 head of cattle nominated by youth and breeders, adding more registered animals to the show.
The program recognizes top Ohio bred, born and registered calves, along with the breeder and exhibitor, in each breed division at the two shows. Best of the Buckeye provides Ohio seed stock breeders with an enhanced marketing opportunity for Ohio bred, born and registered steers and heifers, creates a source of more 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.
This year’s generous sponsors were Green Oak Farms, heifer division; Steve R. Rauch, steer division; and Franklin Equipment, scholarship division. $45,000 was presented between the two shows in the form of premiums, scholarships and awards. Every winning Best of the Buckeye exhibitor received a basic premium of $300 for champion, $200 for reserve champion, and $100 for third overall. Ohio breed associations also contributed additional premiums. OCA would like to thank these sponsors for contributing to a successful second year of the Best of the Buckeye program.
The local winners of the Ohio State Fair was exhibited by Samantha Norman of Wauseon. Her exhibit was judged Champion Shorthorn Steer. The breeder was AOB Cattle, Mark Brehm, Jacob West of Fayette. Norman received a BOB premium of $300.