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 Celina, Ohio. Dinner featuring a Mercer County wedding supper will be served at 7 p.m. Following dinner, Representative Jim Buchy, Ohio House of Representatives, 84th District, will provide an overview of the water quality issues facing Ohio and the proactive steps agriculture has taken to address these issues. Attendees will also hear from NCBA’s Colin Woodall, Vice President of Government Affairs. Colin will provide a legislative update on Waters of the United States, trade, Country-of-Origin Labeling and other important issues. Roundup speakers are sponsored by Farm Credit Mid-America.

An auction to benefit the NCBA and OCA Political Action Committees will take place on Friday night and will feature Ohio State football tickets.

Saturday morning registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at Romer’s Catering & Entertainment Facility. Breakfast will be sponsored by United Producers, Inc. and United Producers Credit Services.

Kate Maher, Senior Director of Member Services with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, will start things off with a discussion on NCBA member benefits and opportunities.

An overview of local water quality initiatives will be provided by Terry Mescher, Conservation Engineer with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Abbey Tobe, Grand Lake/Wabash Watershed Coordinator for the Mercer County Soil and Water Conservation District. Travis Spicer, Mercer County Landmark, will discuss the growth of cattle feeding in the county.

Following the water quality discussion, the first round of bus tours will take place, allowing attendees to see two of four designated locations.

A hamburger lunch will be provided when attendees return from the first round of tours. Lunch is sponsored by Elanco.

Milt Miller, Grand Lake St. Marys Restoration Commission Manager, will take the floor after lunch to give a presentation on Lake Improvement Association success stories.

At 1:30 p.m., attendees will load the buses for the second round of farm tours.

Farms included on the tour are:

The Boeckman farm is operated by Kevin, his wife Angie and two children, Cody and Gina. The family took over the farm that was at one time a poultry layer operation, from Kevin’s father. As the poultry barns became outdated, they decided to remodel and turn the barns into a calf nursery. About 10 years ago, the Boeckman family started raising 50 calves three times per year and over time grew the operation into 290 calves per group with 5.5 turns per year. Once they had their feet under them with raising baby calves, they decided to expand the operation and built a 300 head grower barn to house the calves until they weighed 600 pounds. The Boeckman’s work closely with the owner of the calves which is Angie’s brother Jeff Siefring. All three phases of the Boeckman’s operations will be on display at the Roundup — nursery barns, weaned barn, and grower barn.

The Siefring farm is operated by Jeff, his wife Julie and three children, Taylor, Marcus, and Dylan. Also, involved in the operation is Jeff’s dad Mark and his uncle Ron. Mark & Ron started the farm with a few sows, cattle, and an 80 cow milking operation. In the past 10 years, Jeff has been gradually taking over and expanding the operation into a 2,000 head hog finishing barn, grain storage, and cattle barns, some new and some remodeled. The farm currently runs a 900 head Holstein finishing operation. The family also grain farms 1,800 acres and rents three other cattle finishing facilities. The Siefring’s own and supply the Boeckman operation with calves. The Roundup tour will start with the three phases at the Boeckman farm and continue as the cattle grow to slaughter weight at the Siefring farm.

Kahlig Farms located west of Coldwater is owned by John, Jim and Tom Kahlig and sons and consists of over 2,000 acres, along with cattle and hog operations. Forty years ago the sons of Ray Kahlig took over the family farm of 320 acres that milked cows and fed cattle. Today, they own and feed out over 800 head of Holstein feeders, plus feed 11,000 head of contract hogs. The new slat barn that holds 240 head of Holsteins is the focus of this tour stop that includes air-flow concrete walls around the barn. Jim Kahlig designed the walls and has a patent pending. The Kahligs also operate three rigs for custom nutrient application which pumps nearly 150 million gallons of manure per year from Darke County to Paulding County.

Three generations of the Jim and Margie Fennig family have been involved in breeding and exhibiting high quality show cattle for over 40 years. Their herd of 40 cows is made up of Maine-Anjou, Simmental and crossbreds that continue to produce the winning kind. The Fennig family was the recent recipient of the 2014 Mercer County Cattleman of the Year award. This family has produced cattle that went on to be AI sires and win titles at national shows including Denver. The top selling bull at the 2014 Ohio Beef Expo Maine-Anjou sale came from this herd. Jim’s sons, Gary, Todd, Ryan and Mike, along with Gary’s son Adam and their families are all involved in the Fennig operations that includes crop insurance and an Ag equipment dealership. The Fennig’s are also involved in a cover crop program for water quality.

At the completion of the tours, those in attendance will return to Romer’s for an ice cream sundae bar.

Registration deadline for this event is Aug. 14, 2015. Friday night is $10 per person for OCA members and non-members. The cost on Saturday is $25 for OCA members and $35 for non-members. All registrations at the door will be $35. For more information about the Roundup or to register call the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association at (614) 873-6736 or email beef@ohiobeef.org. A full description of the schedule of events, online registration and a downloadable registration form can also be found at www.ohiocattle.org/announcements/oca-summer-roundup.

OCA appreciates the support from sponsors: Farm Credit Mid-America, United Producers, Inc., United Producers Credit Services and Elanco.

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