Livestock

Dave Runyan served in the swine barn at the Ohio State Fair for 51 years.

Five decades of service in the swine barn

Each year during the 12-day Ohio State Fair, the O’Neill Swine Barn hosts two breeding shows and then the large market event where the facility is filled to capacity, culminating with the final drive. During that time the staff handles the needs for accommodating around 3,500 hogs, hundreds of exhibitors, twice as many parents, countless [...]

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Wool Council pushing for plastic ear tags

The chief concern of the shearers attending the American Sheep Improvement Association Wool Council’s summer meeting this month was producer’s use of the metal scrapie ear tags. If the shearers had their way, use of the metal tags would be discontinued immediately. Metal tags are many times not visible and when a clipper hits a [...]

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NPPC urging Senate to address COOL

The National Pork Producers Council and 34 state pork producer organizations are urging the Senate to take up legislation to repeal country of origin labeling requirements for beef, pork and poultry before Congress takes a month-long recess beginning in early August. The U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law requires meat to be labeled with [...]

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Several youngsters sporting their new Ohio Ag Net and Soy Biodiesel shirts they got for free

2015 Logan County Fair Photo Gallery

Dale Minyo and the Ohio Ag Net traveled to the Logan County Fair recently, courtesy of AgriGold Hybrids. He sat down with Fair Board President Jim Logan, newly crowned Fair Queen Hannah Clayton, and had a chance to give out several t-shirts to youth and others enjoying the fair. The Jr. Fair Board also enjoyed [...]

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Minimizing the damage of a soggy forage and grazing season

The 2015 growing season has proven to be challenging to producers in Ohio. Nearly all crops have been impacted by plentiful and in many cases too much rain. Forage production is certainly no exception to this reality as both hay and pasture production have felt the effects of excessive moisture. One doesn’t want to complain [...]

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Manure Science Review focused on water

Manure Science Review this year will have a clear focus on water. The annual learning event will present more than a dozen sessions on getting the most from the nutrients in manure while limiting the chance of them reaching lakes and streams. It’s for farmers and others in the agricultural industry. “Manure is an excellent [...]

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Ohio Cattlemen’s Roundup in Mercer County next month

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) invites all who have an interest in Ohio’s cattle industry to Mercer County, Ohio for this year’s Roundup, August 28 and 29, 2015, featuring farm tours, sessions with industry leaders, great food, and time with fellow cattlemen. Roundup begins Friday evening, August 28, at Romer’s Catering & Entertainment Facility in [...]

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Vermeer 600N series balers

Weather winning in annual struggle with hay growers

Hay growers always battle against the weather and through early July in 2015, the weather was clearly winning the battle. By July 5, only 67% of the first cutting alfalfa hay in Ohio was done and only 47% of the first cutting of other hay had been made, according the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Second [...]

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U.S. beef, pork exports sluggish in May

After an encouraging performance in April, exports of U.S. beef and pork lost momentum in May, falling below year-ago levels in both volume and value according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Beef exports moved counter-seasonally lower in May, dropping 14% from a year ago to 88,466 [...]

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Texas Longhorns coming to Ohio

On July 18 some of the best Texas Longhorns in the nation will be coming to the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Wooster. Prizes will be awarded that day. Grand and Res Grand will receive Sterling Silver hunting knives, with engraving on the blade, ribbons for Grand and Res and medallions. Youth will be receiving Chairs [...]

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