March 16marks the first day of the celebration of the 25th Ohio Beef Expo. The three-day event takes place March 16 – 18 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, and is the premier event of Ohio’s Beef Industry. This year’s schedule includes breed sales, shows, educational seminars, trade show and a highly competitive junior show. Attendees will also be able to take part in a silent auction and social hour on Friday and Saturday.
The trade show, kicking off the Expo at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, will run throughout the event and features more than 100 exhibitors from 15 states. An array of educational seminars will also begin on Friday morning. The seminars will be offered throughout the day on Friday and Sunday, giving producers an opportunity to gain useful knowledge from industry experts about advancements and current trends. Information provided will allow producers to better their own operations in areas such as marketing and herd management. A complete list of seminars is available at www.ohiobeefexpo.com.
Cattle from across the country will be represented at the Expo through the breed shows, sales and displays. These features provide Expo attendees a first-hand look at breeds including Angus, Beefalo, Charolais, Chianina, Gelbvieh, Hereford, Limousin, Lowline, Maine-Anjou, Miniature Hereford, Murray Grey, Piedmontese, Scottish Highland, Shorthorn and Simmental. This year features several new additions to the breed shows, sales and display area including a Scottish Highland breed display throughout the event. 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. For those unable to attend the sales, live streaming video will be provided on the Chianina, Hereford, Maine Anjou, Shorthorn and Simmental sales Saturday, March 17. Coverage can be accessed at www.ohiobeefexpo.com or liveauction.tv and is sponsored by Experience Columbus.
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 partnerships with George Clayton in memory of Don Lowry and J&J Steakbarn, one lucky member will win a weekend stay at Clayton’s Cabin in Hocking Hills. Another member will win a $100 gift certificate to J&J Steakbarn. Anyone joining OCA during the Expo will also be eligible to enter. In addition, the first 25 new members to sign up on Friday and Saturday will receive a certificate for a ten dose bottle of Vira Shield from Novartis. OCA’s County Cattlemen’s Association affiliates will also be on hand Sunday to see which lucky county will win their choice of a new set of Tru-Test livestock scales or grill sponsored by the Ohio Corn Marketing Program.
In its 2nd year at Expo, the Cowboy Happy Hour will be sponsored by Steve R. Rauch and Cox Concessions. This event will be held from 4 – 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday in the main aisle of the trade show. Also planned for this year is a silent auction to benefit OCA’s PAC (Political Action Committee). The PAC silent auction will feature two tables of items with one closing Friday at the end of the Cowboy Happy Hour and the other closing Saturday.
The ever-popular Genetic Pathway will once again be a feature of 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.
Junior events this year include a welcome party on Friday, followed by a BEST only showmanship at 6 p.m. The competition will continue on Saturday with a judging contest and a second showmanship competition. The finale of the weekend is the steer and heifer show kicking off Sunday at 8 a.m. A complete list of rules for the show can be found at www.ohiobeefexpo.com. Live streaming of the junior market animal show and heifer show will be provided through liveauctions.tv.
Three individuals will be recognized as Friends of the Ohio Beef Expo for their contribution to the event’s annual success. Gale Long, Montgomery County; Dave Puthoff, Mercer County; and Steve Rauch, Montgomery County, are this year’s award recipients.
More than 30,000 visitors from 25 states and Canada routinely attend the Ohio Beef Expo. It is ranked as the sixth largest event hosted in central Ohio and is the premier location to meet Ohio’s cattle producers. Don’t miss it! If you are unable to attend the event, visit www.ohiobeefexpo.com for live feed. All results will be posted as they are available. Four of the breed sales and the junior show will also be broadcast on liveauction.tv.