Beef Expo puts up solid numbers in 2022

There was a great turnout for the 34th Ohio Beef Expo.

Shorthorn show.

The Expo, held March 17 to March 20, hosted by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA), is the premier event for Ohio’s beef industry covering many facets of the beef world with seedstock shows and sales, a trade show, a competitive junior show and much more all in one place.

“There aren’t many states with a Beef Expo quite like ours here in Ohio,” said Shane Riley, Expo chairman. “We have a junior show program that is envied across the country and our breed sales and trade show are something we are proud of. Once someone attends the Ohio Beef Expo, they make plans to come back each year after and we just keep growing.”

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The Expo kicked off with a full trade show featuring many eager exhibitors selling everything from cattle chutes to farm insurance. Following the opening of the trade show was The Social event where producers and industry affiliates gathered to network and participate in OCA’s Political Action Committee (PAC) auction where over $9,100 was raised.

Hereford show.

In addition to the Murray Grey show, five breeds hosted shows or parades on Friday of the show to display cattle being sold in the sales. The Genetic Pathway, located in the Show Coat Solutions Breeds Barn, showcased the industry’s most popular sires and donor prospects on display throughout the weekend. Friday of the event was also host to the annual Internet Feeder Cattle Sale hosted by United Producers Inc. that offered consignments of uniform packages of feeder cattle sold off the farm. This year’s sale included 24 lots with over 1,800 head of steers, heifers and beef on dairy cattle. The seven breed sales flourished this year with a combined total of 322 live lots sold at an average of $3,702 and a total gross sales of $1,277,242.

The Judging contest, co-hosted with the Ohio State University’s Livestock Judging Team, was back after being postponed for two years with over 460 youth participants from Ohio and surrounding states traveling to judge six classes of cattle, answer questions and evaluate breed data sheets.

The Junior Show set a record this year with over 950 entries. Showmanship was held Friday followed by the Market Animal show on Saturday and the Heifer show on Sunday. Junior Showmanship was judged by Garrett and Gretchen Lampe from Illinois. Market animals were evaluated by Tim Fitzgerald from Indiana, and the Heifer show judge was Glen Martin from Texas.

Two recipients were honored with the Friend of the Expo Award for their dedication and contributions to the Expo’s success over the years. J.L. Draganic from Wakeman, and Pam Haley from West Salem, received the 2022 honors for serving the Ohio Beef Expo for over a decade.

“It is a great crowd and it really is our first recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. We’re back to the numbers we saw in 2019 and it looks like we are actually way above those numbers. We sold out our trade show very early,” said Tom Karr, president of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association. “One of the things I enjoy is talking to the exhibitors in the trade show. They don’t mince any words. They say the Ohio Beef Expo is the place to be in the eastern part of the U.S. We have big numbers for the youth program, we have big numbers for the purebred cattle and big numbers for commercial cattle. It is very gratifying and it is a relief that we can bounce back from the adversity we saw in 2020 and 2021.”

 For the first time in the history of the Expo, the Junior Show activities were held in the coliseum.  

 The Junior Show set a record this year with over 950 entries. Showmanship was held Friday followed by the Market Animal show on Saturday and the Heifer show on Sunday. Junior Showmanship was judged by Garrett and Gretchen Lampe, IL, Market Animals were evaluated by Tim Fitzgerald, IN, and the Heifer show judge was Glen Martin, TX. The champions of this year’s show are as follows: 

Market Animals 
Grand Champion – Avery McGuire, Champaign County –  Champion Crossbred 
Reserve Champion – Ryleigh Egbert, Auglaize County – Reserve Crossbred 
3rd Overall – Paige Pence, Clark County – 3rd Overall Crossbred 
4th Overall – Delaney Jones, Allen County – 4th Overall Crossbred 
5th Overall Cody Foor, Licking County – 5th Overall Crossbred 
6th Overall – Essie McGuire, Champaign County – Champion Maine-Anjou  
7th Overall – Luke Fulton, Miami County – Champion Market Heifer 
8th Overall –   Austin Sutherly, Clark County – Champion Chianina 
9th Overall – Mason Kinney, Huron County – Reserve Chianina 
10th Overall – Henleigh Painter, Licking County – Reserve Maine-Anjou 

Champion Angus – Madison Paden, Guernsey County 
Reserve Angus – Macie Riley, Fayette County 

Champion Charolais –  Skyler Ward, Preble County 
Reserve Charolais –  Trenton Braska, Richland County

Champion Chianina – Austin Sutherly, Clark County 

Reserve Chianina – Mason Kinney, Huron County

Champion Hereford –  Trevin Redd, Wyandot County 

Reserve Hereford – Logan Brinksneader, Darke County 

Champion Maine-Anjou – Essie McGuire, Champaign County 

Reserve Maine-Anjou – Henleigh Painter, Licking County 

Champion Shorthorn –  Gage Farrar, Jackson County 

Reserve Shorthorn – Carson Pahl, Wyandot County 

Champion Shorthorn Plus – Evelyn Koehler, Fairfield County 

Reserve Shorthorn Plus – Kyleigh Hatfied, Muskingum County 

Champion Simmental – Carson Barton, Clinton County 

Reserve Simmental – Brayden Ross, Adams County 

Champion AOB – Kaitlyn Mattis, Perry County 

Reserve AOB – Gage Farrar, Jackson County 

Champion Market Heifer – Luke Fulton, Miami County 

Reserve Market Heifer – Kade Gowitzka, Richland County 

Champion Division 1 Crossbred – Stella Koehler, Fairfield County 

Reserve Division 1  Crossbred – Annette Augustine, Ashland County 

Champion Division 2 Crossbred – Delaney Jones, Allen County 

Reserve Division 2 Crossbred – Kathy Lehman, Richland County 

Champion Division 3 Crossbred – Paige Pence, Clark County 

Reserve Division 3 Crossbred – Fox Morgan, Perry County 

Champion Division 4 Crossbred – Avery McGuire, Champaign County 

Reserve Division 4 Crossbred – Ryleigh Egbert, Auglaize County 

Champion Division 5 Crossbred – Cody Foor, Licking County 

Reserve Division 5 Crossbred – Jack McDaniel, Champaign County 

Champion Overall Crossbred – Avery McGuire, Champaign County 

Reserve Overall Crossbred – Ryleigh Egbert, Auglaize County 

3rd Overall Crossbred – Paige Pence, Clark County 

4th Overall Crossbred – Delaney Jones, Allen County 

5th Overall Crossbred – Cody Foor, Licking County 

Grand Champion –  Montana Hulesmeyer, Allen County – Champion Crossbred Heifer 
Reserve Champion – Delaney Jones, Allen County – Champion Angus Heifer 
3rd Overall – Brayden Cummings, Highland County – Reserve Crossbred Heifer 
4th Overall – Samantha VanVorhis, Wood County – Champion % Simmental Heifer 
5th Overall –   Samantha VanVorhis, Wood County – Champion ShorthornPlus Heifer 
6th Overall – Hannah Schaub, Auglaize County – Champion MaineTainer Heifer 
7th Overall – Kathy Lehman, Richland County – Champion Purebred Simmental Heifer 
8th Overall – Samantha VanVorhis, Wood County – Reserve Angus Heifer 
9th Overall – Alyssa Carter, Warren County – Champion Shorthorn Heifer 
10th Overall – Erin Pope, Gallia County – Reserve MaineTainer Heifer 

Champion Angus – Delaney Jones, Allen County 
Reserve Angus – Samantha VanVorhis, Wood County 

Champion % Charolais – Gabe Montgomery, Licking County 
Reserve % Charolais – Wyatt Binckley, Licking County 

Champion Charolais – Kathy Lehman, Richland County 
Reserve Charolais – Ellis Davis, Highland County 

Champion Chianina – Wyatt King, Seneca County 
Reserve Chianina – Becca Pullins, Meigs County 

Champion Hereford – Jacob Weichart, Putnam County 
Reserve Hereford – Delaney Chester, Morrow County 

Champion High % Maine – Evelyn Koehler, Fairfield County 
Reserve High % Maine – Raymond Beneker, Butler County 

Champion Mainetainer – Hannah Schaub, Auglaize County 
Reserve Mainetainer – Erin Pope, Gallia County 

Champion Shorthorn – Alyssa Carter, Warren County 
Reserve Shorthorn – Logan Schroeder, Defiance County 

Champion ShorthornPlus – Samantha VanVorhis, Wood County 
Reserve ShorthornPlus – Tyler Dahse, Gallia County 

Champion Purebred Simmental – Kathy Lehman, Richland County 
Reserve Purebred Simmental – Hudson Drake, Ross County 

Champion % Simmental – Samantha VanVorhis, Wood County 
Reserve % Simmental – Kathy Lehman, Richland County 

Champion High % AOB – Hannah Schaub, Auglaize County 
Reserve High % AOB – Jenna Young, Harrison County Champion 

Low % AOB – Tucker Shepard, Henry County 
Reserve Low % AOB –  Mackenzie Koverman, Scioto County 

Champion Crossbred – Montana Hulesmeyer, Allen County 
Reserve Crossbred –  Brayden Cummings, Highland County 


Top Ten Beginner Division: 

Champion – D’lelah Laber, Highland County 

Reserve – Colby Hoffman, Union County 

3rd – Garrett Reusch, Medina County 

4th – Blake Osborn, Highland County 

5th – Brayden Cummings, Highland County 

6th – Avery Flax, Clark County 

7th – Avery Sautter, Sandusky County 

8th – Taylen Thompson, Fairfield County 

9th – Claire Kramer, Hancock County 

10th – Emma Helsinger, Preble County 

Top Ten Junior Division: 

Champion – Andrew Johnson, Preble County 

Reserve – Karissa Treadway, Warren County 

3rd – Caiden Daugherty, Morrow County 

4th – Kolten Greenhorn, Greene County 

5th – Kendall Bishop, Clark County 

6th – Jocelyn Belleville, Wood County

7th – Asa Minton, Adams County 

8th – Ella Reed, Fairfield County 

9th – Reide Black, Tuscarawas County 

10th – Gavin Richards, Wood County 

Top Ten Novice Division: 

Champion – Natalie Jagger, Morrow County 

Reserve – Anabelle Harris, Preble County 

3rd – Porter Beck, Morrow County 

4th – Lane Rizor, Morrow County 

5th – Brade Wright, Perry County 

6th – Colton Worden, Crawford County 

7th – Grace Tuttle, Clark County 

8th – Vivian Gibbs, Sandusky County 

9th – Trenton Braska, Richland County 

10th – Cole Kleman, Putnam County 

Top Ten Intermediate Division: 

Champion – Tucker Shepard, Henry County 

Reserve – Samantha VanVorhis, Wood County 

3rd – Delaney Chester, Warren County 

4th – Carly Sanders, Highland County 

5th – Sydney Sanders, Highland County 

6th – Logan Schroeder, Defiance County 

7th – Emma Yochum, Highland County 

8th – Caylee Sager, Fulton County 

9th – Delaney Jones, Allen County 

10th – Colton Beck, Morrow County 

Top Ten Senior Division: 

Champion – Skylar Ward, Preble County 

Reserve – Kathy Lehman, Richland County 

3rd – Beau Johnson, Gallia County 

4th – Jacob LeBrun, Scioto County 

5th – Brooke Stottsberry, Noble County 

6th – Calvin Trigg, Franklin County 

7th – Macie Riley, Fayette County 

8th – Montana Hulsmeyer,  Allen County

9th – McKaylynne Helmke, Tuscarawas County 

10th – Shayla Sancic, Stark County

Photos of the winners can be found HERE.

Sale and show results are available at along with a complete list of the event’s sponsors. The dates for the 2023 Ohio Beef Expo are March 16 to March 19.

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