Livestock

Chile agrees to eliminate trichinae testing requirement

Chile has agreed to eliminate trichinae testing requirements on chilled U.S. pork based on a USDA certification that the pork originates from PQA Plus farms. (PQA Plus is an education and training program run by the National Pork Board that certifies that hog operations are meeting their commitments related to animal well-being, food safety, worker [...]

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2015 Ohio Beef Expo instant results at ocj.com

The Ohio Beef Expo, the premier event of Ohio’s beef industry, will take place March 20-22 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus. This annual event, coordinated by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, includes breed sales, shows and displays, trade show and a highly competitive junior show. Attendees will also be able to take part in [...]

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Howard Wyman Sheep Industry Leadership School application deadline April 1

The 2015 Howard Wyman Sheep Industry Leadership School will be held June 21-24 in Denver, CO. Because the school will be in June, instead of July, the cut-off date for applications has been changed to April 1. This year’s theme — Lamb Feeding & Marketing in the U.S. — will include presentations on various methods of [...]

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These national champions wear wool

Just a few weeks after the OSU football team won the national championship, 29 juniors and 26 seniors from around the nation met up in Reno, Nevada at the American Sheep Industry Convention to vie for top honors in the National Make It With Wool contest. The competition is quite intense, these contestants are all [...]

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OSIA elects officers and travels to ASI

During the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association Annual Meeting on Dec. 6, 2014, elections were held for 2015 and new officers and members of the Board of Trustees were elected. Officers elected include Shawn Ray, President (Noble County); Mark McCabe, First Vice-President (Marion County); Mike Stitzlein, Second Vice-President (Ashland County); and Daryl Clark, Past President (Guernsey [...]

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Jason and Justin Dagger are the fifth generation on Cable Acres Farms, the winner of this year’s Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Commercial Producer of the Year Award.

Cable Acres Farm finds that fighting the trend can pay off

Sometimes it pays to not do what everyone else is doing. In recent decades there has been an undeniable shift away from livestock for many farms in Ohio. The Dagger family from Champaign County went a different direction. “I have always told the boys we should be as diversified as we can be and not [...]

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Ohio Club Lamb Association dissolves to create the OSIA LEAD Council

As many of you already know, the Ohio Club Lamb Association has been legally dissolved. This legal dissolution was voted on and approved by the 2014 Ohio Club Lamb Association membership at the OCLA Annual Meeting on Sunday, October 12, 2014. After the dissolution paperwork is finalized, the Ohio Club Lamb Association will no longer [...]

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Ohio Sheep and Wool Program proposal funding approved

The Ohio Sheep and Wool Program (OSWP), Ohio’s Sheep and Wool check-off program, will invest up to $34,112 into sheep and wool promotion, education, research, industry information, producer and youth programs in fiscal year 2014-2015. OSWP received eleven Requests for Proposals for fiscal year 2014-15, with ten of these proposals approved for full or partial [...]

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SB 1 passes Senate

Late last year there was a hard push to pass House Bill 490 to address water quality in Lake Erie. The Ohio Senate resumed work on this effort right out of the gate in 2015 with Senate Bill 1, which passed the Senate unanimously on Feb. 18. “Legislators have included agriculture in discussions from the [...]

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UPI to sponsor new feeder cattle sale at Beef Expo

The 2015 Ohio Beef Expo will feature a new feeder cattle internet board sale. The sale, sponsored by United Producers, Inc. (UPI) will be held Friday, March 20 at 1:30 p.m. in the Voinovich Building on the Ohio Expo Center grounds, in Columbus. A board sale offers consignments of uniform packages of feeder cattle. The [...]

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