The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) recently hosted young cattlemen from across the state for the annual Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC) in Columbus on Aug. 11-13. The conference focused on industry knowledge enhancement, advocacy through political efforts at the state and national level, career development training and networking. The overall goal of the conference is to create future leaders for Ohio’s beef industry.
This event was sponsored by Farm Credit Mid-America, Nationwide, the Ohio Beef Council and the Ohio Soybean Council.
The group of attendees ranged from beef producers to career professionals. This year’s group of young cattlemen and women included:
- Ellie Horst, Certified Angus Beef, Wayne County
- Emily Warnimont, TransOva Genetics, Hancock County
- Jacy Bapst, beef producer, Pike County
- Hannah Topmiller, United Producers Inc., Franklin County
- Adam Garman, United Producers Inc., Ross County
- Skylar Plank, beef producer, Clark County
- Macie Riley, beef producer, Fayette County
- Mackenzie Riley, beef producer, Fayette County
- Tyler Humphrey, AgriMarketing Solutions, Allen County
- Lynnette Garver, AgriMarketing Solutions, Allen County
- Quinton Motts, beef producer, Stark County
- Madison Huck, beef producer, Monroe County
- Caroline Walton, Certified Angus Beef, Wyandot County
- Clare Moody, beef producer, Stark County
- Joseph Grubbs, beef producer, Carroll County
- Savannah Applegate, beef producer, Gallia County
- Benjamin Applegate, beef producer, Gallia County
- Luke McKee, OCA, Knox County
- Kelly Keirn, Ohio Beef Council, Union County
- Darian Brooks, OCA intern, Huron County
- Emily Rudd, OCA intern, Crawford County
Attendees kicked-off the conference on Thurs. evening at Henmick Farm and Brewery in Delaware, Ohio where they met with the current OCA board of directors over dinner sponsored by DSM Animal Nutrition and Merck Animal Health.
“At OCA, we make it a priority to cultivate future leaders of the industry who are not only educated but driven to make a difference, advocate and show-up on behalf of beef producers all over that state and the country,” said Bill Tom, vice president for the OCA board of directors, in his opening speech. “That is why we host this conference.”
After dinner, the group celebrated the 2022 Ohio State Fair Commercial Cattle Show winners before hearing from Dr. Nevil Speer, beef industry consultant and contributor to BEEF Magazine and Drovers, who gave his outlook for the future of the industry and covered consumer market research.
On Fri. the crew started the morning by learning more about Ohio’s beef industry and participated in a mini Beef 509 program with Lyda Garcia, associate professor of meat science and extension meat specialist at OSU. This program covered information on how beef is graded, fabrication of the wholesale and retail beef cuts and issues that can affect beef quality and pricing.
The conference continued after lunch at the Ohio Statehouse where attendees took a closer look at the public policy process, learned more about issues facing Ohio agriculture and toured the Statehouse with Representative Don Jones.
Later in the day, attendees toured the OSU Culinary Production Center with Zia Ahmed, senior director of OSU Dining Services, and learned about the process of mass food production and discussed important issues such as food waste.
The last day of YCC included a presentation about the Beef Checkoff and concluded with a team building exercise and a Strength Finders Workshop hosted by Barb Wilkinson, sr. executive director of governance, leadership and development at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA).
These attendees are encouraged to continue to stay involved in the industry, volunteer on committees and eventually serve on board seats in the future.