Livestock

Ohio Sheep and Wool Program highlights

The 2017 Ohio Sheep and Wool Program Board primarily functions for the purpose of promotion, education, research, marketing and producer services funding for the Ohio sheep industry. The 2017 OSWP Board chair is Gary Wilson, of Hancock County and vice-chair is Don Hawk, of Knox County. In 2009, the OSWP Board initiated a process called [...]

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The famous Bob Evans bushel of cash was used to buy the 1982 Grand Champion Barrow exhibited by Cheryl Laucher, who is holding the extra $1 for $13,001. Photo courtesy of the Ohio State Fair.

Fifty years of setting the standard: The Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions

Fifty years ago, it started with a dream to support the Ohio State Fair’s youth livestock exhibitors. Today, 422 champions have been honored and more than $6.4 million in sales have been generated by the Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions. “We’re just trying to get them money to go to college and help them [...]

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States tackle water quality individually and collectively

Of all of the components of agriculture that is overseen by the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), the topic of water quality and nutrient management has been a key focus for many years. ODA’s Director David Daniels, along with Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Jamie Clover Adams and Indiana State Department of [...]

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Sheep Day July 15 at OARDC

The 2017 Ohio Sheep Day is scheduled for Saturday, July 15 at OARDC Sheep Research Unit, location of a major portion of sheep research being conducted at The Ohio State University.  The OARDC Sheep Research Unit is located in beautiful Wayne County at 5743 Fredericksburg Rd., Wooster, OH 44691. Ohio Sheep Day will offer visitors [...]

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Grazing tour July 14 in Wayne and Holmes counties

Sheep owners and others interested in sheep and forage management are invited to participate in a sheep grazing/forage management tour scheduled for Friday July 14 in Wayne/Holmes County. Topics to be discussed at the farms will include information for the beginning sheep farmer, sheep and management, cool season pasture species, hay production, fencing, rotational grazing [...]

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U.S., China finalize details to send U.S. beef to China

As part of the U.S.-China 100-Day Action plan announced on May 11, 2017 by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin, the Trump Administration has taken important steps toward commercial shipment of U.S. beef and beef products to China for the first time since 2003. These shipments are [...]

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Secure pork supply will minimize business disruptions

The National Pork Board this week announced the creation of a Secure Pork Supply plan to help the U.S. pork industry respond to major threats, including a foreign animal disease (FAD). It provides procedures that producers, processors and federal and state agencies can implement should an FAD strike, according to the veterinarian and director of swine [...]

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Managing manure so everyone wins

Manure is (and always has been) part of livestock production, but in recent years it has been increasingly viewed as an asset instead of a liability. Experts emphasize, however, that to get the full benefits and minimize the drawbacks of manure application for the benefit of all parties involved, planning and preparation are extremely important. [...]

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Jeff and Michelle Ramseyer raise around 250 cattle in an organic rotational grazing system with neighboring grain farmer in Wayne County.

Ramseyers using nature as a blueprint for beef grazing

For thousands of years livestock roamed the plains and forests and contributed to an ecosystem that produced some of the richest soils in the world. More livestock producers are taking note of this system with a long history of proven success and working to implement it on their farms. Jeff and Michelle Ramseyer raise around [...]

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