More than 30,000 visitors from 25 states and Canada typically attend the Ohio Beef Expo that kicked off at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus. The weekend schedule included breed sales, shows, educational seminars, trade show and a highly competitive junior show on Sunday. The trade show 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.
Cattle from across the country are 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. Those unable to attend the sales, can participate via live streaming video 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.
The Genetic Pathway is once again 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.