Livestock

42nd Annual Dorset Sale

Plans for the 42nd Annual Ohio Dorset Sale have been set for March 16 and 17 at the Preble County Fairgrounds in Eaton. Billed as “the first, the biggest, the best” Dorset sale, it will feature both Horned and Polled Dorsets. Dorsets from South Dakota to Connecticut have been entered. Established in 1977, the Ohio [...]

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National Dairy FARM Program now compliant with International Standards Organization

The National Dairy FARM Program is now the first livestock animal care program in the world to be recognized internationally for its industry-leading animal welfare standards. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) affirmed this week that the program complies with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)Animal Welfare Management/General Requirements and Guidance for Organizations in the [...]

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Bill introduced to exempt agriculture from CERCLA air emissions reporting

A bipartisan group of eight U.S. senators have introduced a bill to exempt agricultural producers from reporting requirements under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). We’ve reported previously on the new mandate that would require livestock operations to report air emissions, the result of a U.S. Court of Appeals decision last year that [...]

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Crawford County Cattlemen Beef Finishing Tour

The Crawford County cattlemen are planning to tour two beef finishing operations in the Bellevue Ohio area on March 3rd and they would like to extend an invitation to anyone across the state to join them for the tours. The first stop will be 10:00 am at Lepley’s new slatted floor finishing barn; located at [...]

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Are Ohio beef checkoff accusations legit or a bunch of bull?

The Ohio Farmers Union teamed up with the Organization for Competitive Markets and released a briefing paper outlining accusations directed at Ohio’s checkoff programs, specifically the beef checkoff. The report refers to the Ohio Beef Council as a “state agency” that raises funds for the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Political Action Committee (PAC) to influence elections [...]

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The Surber family was recognized with the Industry Excellence Award.

Ohio Pork Congress highlights

The Ohio Pork Congress had the largest attendance in several years since it moved to its Columbus location. “We’ve been blessed to have good participation over the past several years and this is a record for the last 10 or 12 years,” said Rich Deaton, Ohio Pork Council president. “We had over 500 pre-registered and [...]

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Demand more when buying a herd sire

Bull buying season is well underway throughout the cow-calf regions across the country. If your calving season starts in January, you may have already made your herd sire selections for this year’s breeding season. If your calving season starts a bit later, you may be in the midst of making herd sire selections. If you [...]

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Manure and the law

Farmers who apply fertilizer to their fields, particularly manure, need to be aware that if the fertilizer winds up in a waterway, they could be facing fines as farmers in northwestern Ohio did last summer. Applying manure can be particularly tricky because it’s often in liquid form and typically applied to the surface of fields, [...]

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David Ford grew up working with his family at Bay Packing and is now manager of the a state-inspected facility that specializes in beef, pork, goat, lamb, and old-fashioned skin-on roasting hogs in Fairfield County.

Custom meat processors and meat markets offer diversity and distinction

Ohio is home to a wide array of custom meat processors and meat markets offering vast processing options and opportunities to keep the state’s livestock industry going. Here are highlights from four meat processors showcasing some of the rich diversity of options available to Ohio livestock producers and consumers.   Cotterman Brothers Processing, Glenford Tucked [...]

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John and Connie Surber got their entire family involved in various agricultural enterprises.

Surber family farms with excellence, then shares it with others

In the social media world of today, those in agriculture are finding that not only is it important to do a great job producing high quality food in an environmentally responsible manner, they also have to tell everyone about it. Few have done more in terms of both production and promotion of Ohio’s hog industry [...]

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