It is the time of year when the thoughts of Ohio’s cattlemen turn from frozen pastures and feeding hay to state policy and an annual celebration of success. The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet is this weekend in Lewis Center at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center.
“We’re looking forward to our Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet on Saturday. We try to encompass all of the state’s beef industry at the event. It is a day of business through the policy meeting and it is also a celebration of Ohio’s cattlemen through the banquet in the evening,” said Stephanie Sindel, director of member services and youth programs for the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association. “We have some brand new youth programs with a youth quiz bowl in the morning and some quality assurance sessions as well. We have some industry resource speakers for cattlemen coming in including Dr. Alvaro Garcia Guerra with Ohio State talking about pregnancy loss in beef cattle and how to prevent that. We have a live and silent PAC auction too. Saturday evening we look forward to celebrating some of the folks who have done great things with Ohio’s beef industry. It will be a great event and we sure look forward to seeing you there.”
There is plenty to discuss in terms of accomplishments in the past and goals for the future.
“We are taking a look back at 2017 and what to look for in 2018,” Sindel said. “We are proud of this event and it is important for all of the beef producers in the state to be engaged at a policy making level. We are looking at guiding principles for water quality and protecting nomenclature for beef in the policy meeting. If ever there was a time to be involved in a grassroots organization that represents your hobbies and livelihood, now is the time.”
Other featured speakers at the event include Colin Woodall, with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Cathann Kress, dean of the OSU College of Food Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, and John Foltz, chair of the OSU Department of Animal Sciences.