The Ohio Beef Expo, the premier event of Ohio’s beef industry, takes place March 14 – 16 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus. This year’s schedule once again includes breed sales, shows, educational seminars, trade show and a highly competitive junior show. Attendees will also be able to take part in a silent auction and social hour on Friday and Saturday.
The trade show, kicking off the Expo at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, will run throughout the event and features more than 100 exhibitors from 15 states. A series of educational seminars will run throughout Friday, giving producers an opportunity to gain useful knowledge from industry experts about advancements and current trends, and will allow producers to improve their own operations in areas such as marketing and herd management. A complete list of seminars is available at www.ohiobeefexpo.com.
Cattle from across the country will be represented at the Expo through the breed shows, sales and displays. These features provide Expo attendees a first-hand look at breeds including Angus, Charolais, Chianina, Gelbvieh, Hereford, Limousin, Maine-Anjou, Miniature Hereford, Murray Grey, Shorthorn and Simmental. Breeders will be on hand to sell or display their cattle and anyone interested may view sale catalogs online at www.ohiobeefexpo.com by clicking on the sales link. For those unable to attend the sales, live streaming video will be provided on the Angus, Chianina, Hereford, Shorthorn and Simmental sales Saturday, March 15. Coverage can be accessed through the Expo website or liveauctions.tv.
Members of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) can stop by the OCA booth at the trade show to register for a chance to win great prizes. Thanks to a great continuing partnership with Franklin Equipment, all current OCA members have the opportunity to win big this year. During the prize drawing on Sunday one lucky OCA member will receive a year’s use of a New Holland BR7060 Rotor baler, donated by Franklin Equipment. Current OCA members will automatically be entered in the drawing. Those who renew or join at the OCA membership booth located in the center of the Expo Trade Show will also have their name entered. Members renewing or joining at the OCA membership booth have additional incentives. J&J Steakbarn is donating a $100 gift certificate that will be drawn for on Sunday at the membership booth. Thanks to our Allied Industry Council partners, the first 100 to renew or join will receive gift packs. Heritage Cooperative is also offering $25 off their Cattleman’s Edge program to all OCA members. The drawing for the County Affiliate Recruitment Contest will also happen on Sunday in Rauch Arena. A special thanks to the Ohio Corn Marketing Program for sponsoring the winner’s choice of a grill, set of Tru-Test Scales or an equal amount toward NCBA convention registration, which a lucky county affiliate will receive as part of the Recruitment Contest.
Cowboy Happy Hour, sponsored by Steve R. Rauch and Cox Concessions, will be held from 4 – 6 p.m. on Friday and from 4:30 – 6 p.m. Saturday in the main aisle of the trade show. Also planned for this year is a silent auction to benefit OCA’s PAC (Political Action Committee) fund. The PAC auction will feature two days of silent bidding which will conclude at the end of the Cowboy Happy Hour on Friday and the other closing Saturday.
Junior events this year include a welcome party on Friday, with the competition continuing on Saturday with a judging contest followed by junior showmanship. The finale of the weekend is the steer and heifer show kicking off Sunday at 8 a.m. A complete list of rules for the show can be found at www.ohiobeefexpo.com. Live streaming of the junior market animal show and heifer show will be provided through livestockworld.tv.
The Genetic Pathway will once again be in the upper concourse of the Voinovich Livestock and Trade Center throughout the weekend. The country’s best genetics will be featured with live bulls and females on display.
Two individuals will be recognized as Friends of the Ohio Beef Expo for their contribution to the event’s annual success. Ginger Natolis, Marietta, Ohio, and Sally Puzacke, New Philadelphia, Ohio, are this year’s award recipients. Natolis is a long-time Murray Grey breeder who has participated every year of the Expo. At 85 years old, this will be Ginger’s last year bringing cattle to the Expo, where she will exhibit a cow/calf pair. Puzacke and her husband own Saltwell Western Store and exhibit in the Expo trade show. In 2011 they worked with the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation to begin the Saltwell Western Store Scholarship, funded by a percentage of their sales generated through the official line of Expo clothing sold at Expo.
More than 30,000 visitors from 25 states and Canada routinely attend the Ohio Beef Expo. It is ranked as the sixth largest event hosted in central Ohio and is the premier location to meet Ohio’s cattle producers. Don’t miss it! If you are unable to attend the event, visit www.ohiobeefexpo.com for live feed. All results will be posted as they are available.