New AgView feature prevents FAD disruptions

Pork producers are now able to continuously share info with state animal health officials thanks to a new AgView feature. 
This new feature allows producers to voluntarily opt in, log info for each premise, and share the following: 

• Site owner and contact info by premise 

• Movement data 

• Secure Pork Supply documentation 

• Lab results. 

With this information always available, state animal health officials can better monitor foreign animal disease (FAD) concerns even without a declared FAD event.  
AgView, a pig-contact-tracing platform funded by the Pork Checkoff, provides herd health and movement data at the state and federal level to promote business continuity in case of an FAD concern. 
An FAD outbreak in North America, such as African swine fever, could stop the movement of animals and animal products across international borders for an unknown amount of time. With enough voluntary users, AgView will help the pork industry rapidly contain or regionalize an FAD outbreak.… Continue reading

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Young Cattlemen attend industry conference in Columbus

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   

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Beef export maintain $1 billion per month pace

U.S. beef exports remained on a red-hot pace in June, topping $1 billion for the fifth time this year (after twice reaching $1 billion in 2021), according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Exports of U.S. pork remained below last year’s large totals in June, while lamb exports continued to trend higher.

Broad-based growth fuels torrid first-half pace for beef export volume and value

June beef exports totaled 130,638 metric tons (mt), down slightly from the record volume posted in May but up 16% year-over-year and the fourth largest on record. Export value was $1.05 billion in June, also down slightly from the May record but 31% above last year. For the first half of 2022, beef exports increased 6% from a year ago to 743,904 mt, valued at $6.19 billion (up 33%).

While beef export growth has been largely driven by major Asian markets such as South Korea, China/Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan, exports are also trending higher to the ASEAN region, the Caribbean, Central America, Europe and the Middle East.… Continue reading

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Plan now for fall pasture fertilization

By Mark SulcGreg LaBarge, CPAg/CCA, Ohio State University Extension

Early fall is one of the best times to topdress maintenance fertilizer on perennial forages. Soils are usually firm in September, and autumn topdressing provides needed nutrients for good winter survival of the forage stand and vigorous regrowth the following spring. Now is a great time to begin preparations and acquiring fertilizer supplies so timely fall applications can be made.

Remember that hay crops will remove about 50 lbs of K2O and 12 lbs of P2O5 per ton of dry hay harvested. Adequate amounts of soil P and K are important for the productivity and persistence of forage stands. But nutrient over-application harms the environment and can harm animals fed those forages. A recent soil test should always guide what nutrients to apply and how much. If a recent soil test has not been made, now is a great time to do it.… Continue reading

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Manure Nutrient Management Day

Crawford Soil and Water Conservation District, in conjunction with Crawford-OSU Extension, will be hosting a Manure Nutrient Management Field Day on August 30. The event will be held at the Scott-Reinhard Seed’s Warehouse at 2030 State Route 4, just south of Bucyrus. The day will start at 9 a.m. and continue until about 3 p.m. With nationally known speakers. Jenifer Yost, a Research Soil Scientist with USDA-ARS from Temple, Texas will be speaking about soil health and the benefits of swine and dairy manure. Scott Shearer from The Ohio State University will showcase some of the latest technologies being researched and developed. 

Other topics will include utilizing poultry litter by Taylor Dill, OSU Extension. Composting Manure and its benefits, Eric Richer, OSU extension. Learning to understand your manure analysis, cover crops, and the latest on H2Ohio, EQIP, and spreading regulations. Field trials with both liquid and dry handling and spreading equipment will be showcased in the afternoon.Continue reading

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Grand Champion Steer shatters all Sale of Champions records

By Matt Reese

I have been attending the Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions for more than 20 years and auctioneer Johnny Regula has said it every year. He wants $100,000 for the Grand Champion Steer. Going into Sunday, Aug. 7, the record sale for the Grand Champion Steer at the Ohio State Fair was $85,000 from 2011. Every year Regula has said it, and every year he has come up short. The 2022 Sale, though, was different. 

“I’m going to get this out the way early,” Regula said as he took the microphone after Ryleigh Egbert from Auglaize County entered the sale ring with her Grand Champion Steer. “He has won more times than he has been beaten. This is a very unique, very special calf. This young girl lost her Grandpa this year. She told Grandpa, ‘This one is for you.’ And by gosh she did it. She did it…It is time to sell him.… Continue reading

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2022 Ohio State Fair Outstanding Market Exhibitors

Chance Mezurek, Lorain Co., 14, was the first place Outstanding Market Goat Exhibitor. 
The other Goat Outstanding Market Exhibitors were: Landry Wrasman, 9, Putnam Co.; Adelyn Rupejko, Madison Co., 10; Briar Wilson, Muskingum Co., 11; Gabby McDade, Butler Co., 12; Julia Cowdry, Fairfield Co., 13; Hayden Smith, Holmes Co., 15; Jayden Hinkle, Muskingum Co., 16, Hayley Bolden, Washington Co., 17; and Emma Sutherly, Miami Co., 18.
Michaela Eades, Union Co., 12, was the first place Outstanding Market Poultry Exhibitor. 
The other Poultry Outstanding Market Exhibitors were: Kyle Stacklin, Union Co., 9; Alia Hester, Clinton Co., 10; Abby Conrad, Hancock Co., 11; Madison Estep, Madison Co., 13; Alexandra Kinney, Logan Co., 14; Lilly Conrad, Hancock Co., 15; Ava Hester, Clinton Co., 16; and Allison Kinney, Logan Co., 17, and Zane Ortman, Perry Co., 18.
Delaney Dudte, Wayne Co., 13, was the first place Outstanding Market Lamb Exhibitor. 
The other Lamb Outstanding Market Exhibitors were: Avery Flax, Clark Co.,
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2022 Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions

Dale talked to Madelynn Top, Shelby County. She was the Grand Champion Brown Swiss Jr. Exhibitor and Week 2 Supreme Showman. The Grand Champion Swiss Cheese was sold to represent the seven dairy champions and supreme dairy showmen. The exhibitors were Grand Champion Ayrshire: Logan Topp, Auglaize County; Grand Champion Brown Swiss: Madelynn Topp, Shelby County; Grand Champion Guernsey: Aubree Topp, Shelby County; Grand Champion Holstein: Hannah Griffith, Brown County; Grand Champion Jersey: Blake Greiwe, Shelby County; Grand Champion Red and White: Allison Francis, Darke County; Grand Champion Milking Shorthorn: Christina Headings, Union County; Supreme Showman, Week 1 – Exhibited by: Olivia Finke, Madsion County; and Supreme Showman, Week 2 – Exhibited by: Madelyn Topp, Shelby County. The cheese was purchased by AG Boogher, Turner Grain, and S&S Volvo for a bid of $50,000 – a new record.
The Grand Champion Market Goat was exhibited by Braxton Method of Auglaize County and purchased by Mark and Megan Kvamme and family for a bid of $26,000 – new record. 
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Grand Drive Market Barrow Results

Grand Champion Market Barrow: Nick Adams, Mercer County
Res. Champion Market Barrow: Mallory Petro, Gallia County

Grand Champion Market Barrow Interview

Reserve Grand Champion Market Barrow Interview

Third: Avery Andrews, Wayne County

Fourth: Landon Elchinger, Henry County

Fifth: Makenah Rohr, Stark County

Sixth: Kane Ellwood, Tuscarawas County

Seventh: Megan Smith-McCarley, Pickaway County

Eighth: Landon Rohr, Stark County

Ninth: Brodie Wheeler, Delaware County

Tenth: Claire Winkle, Highland County… Continue reading

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2022 Ohio State Fair Junior Market Beef results

Aug. 6, 2022

Judge: Brandon Callis, Oklahoma


Grand Champion – Madison Paden, Guernsey County
Reserve Champion – Alex Meyer, Mercer County


Grand Champion – Frani Levan, Champaign County

Reserve Champion – Roger Winner, Darke County


Grand Champion – Olivia Jones, Allen County
Reserve Champion – Carter McCauley, Guernsey County


Grand Champion – Reid Bishop, Clark County

Reserve Champion – Logan Brinksneader, Darke County


Grand Champion – Lane Underwood, Hardin County
Reserve Champion – Essie McGuire, Champaign County


Grand Champion – Tavin Warner, Sandusky County
Reserve Champion – Joshua Blakeman, Jackson County

Shorthorn Plus

Grand Champion – Evelyn Koehler, Fairfield County
Reserve Champion – Mckayla Nelson, Meigs County


Grand Champion – Carson Barton, Clinton County
Reserve Champion – Hailey Cornett, Highland COunty

All Other Breeds (AOB)

Grand Champion – Kaitlyn Mattis, Perry County
Reserve Champion – Logan Souder, Brown County

Market Heifer

Grand Champion – Luke Fulton, Miami County
Reserve Champion – Austin Sutherley, Clark County

CrossbredDivision I Champion – Grant Belleville, Wood County
Division I Reserve Champion – Easton McClure, Marion County
Division II Champion – Ryleigh Egbert, Auglaize County
Division II Reserve Champion – Delaney Jones, Allen County

Division III Champion – Hayden Smith, Holmes County 
Division III Reserve Champion –  Avery McGuire, Champaign County

Division IV Champion – Mason Kinney, Huron County
Division IV Reserve Champion – Austin Sutherly, Champaign County… Continue reading

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2022 Junior Market Hog Breed Champions

Judges: Miles Toenyes and Jeremy Cantrell

Aug. 5, 2002

Grand Champion: Landon Elchinger, Henry County

Reserve Champion: Tanner Rose, Fairfield County

Chester White
Grand Champion: Colton Bartoe, Pickaway County
Reserve Champion: John Smoch, Shelby County

Grand Champion: Megan Smith-McCarley, Pickaway County
Reserve Champion: Landon Rohr, Stark County


Grand Champion: Brodie Wheeler, Delaware County
Reserve Champion: Corbin Winkle, Highland County

Grand Champion: Abby Ferryman, Shelby County
Reserve Champion: Emma Wheeler, Delaware County

Grand Champion: Josey Schift, Butler County 
Reserve Champion: Corbin Winkle, Highland County 

Poland China
Grand Champion: Claire Winkle, Highland County
Reserve Champion: Evan Banester, Fulton County


Grand Champion: Kane Ellwood, Tuscarawas County
Reserve Champion: John LaFountain, Putnam County

Grand Champion: Samantha Durst, Shelby County
Reserve Champion: Victoria Gossard, Allen County

Grand Champion: Makenah Rohr, Stark County
Reserve Champion: Victoria Gossard, Allen County

Dark Cross
Grand Champion: Nick Adams, Mercer County
Reserve Champion: Mallory Petro, Gallia County

Light Cross
Grand Champion: Avery Andrews, Wayne County
Reserve Champion: Landon Elchinger, Henry County… Continue reading

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2022 Ohio State Fair Junior Market Lamb Show results

The judge takes another look at the breed champions before the Grand Drive.

Aug. 5, 2022

Judge: Brad Dale, Brooklyn, Iowa


Champ: Morgan Evans, Union County

Res. Champ: Paige Pence, Clark County 


Champ: Bria White, Ashland County

Res. Champ: Alissa White, Washington County


Champion: Addison Wallen, Logan County

Res. Champion: Paige Bremke, Lorain County


Champion: Nathan Sattler, Defiance County 

Res. Champion: Adeline Kendle, Tuscarawas County


Champion: Marshall Miller, Tuscarawas County

Res. Champion: Anara Shroyer, Logan County


Champion:, Delaney Dudte, Wayne County

Res. Champion: Mylee Shatto, Shelby County


Champion: Paige Pence, Clark County

Res. Champion: Delaney Dudte, Wayne County

White-face cross

Champion: Sophie Young, Highland County

Res. Champion: Brynn Huntsman, Mercer County

Natural Colored

Champion: Elizabeth Shatto, Shelby County

Res. Champion: Caleb Stone, Miami County

Black-face cross

Champ: Reece Cook, Richland County 

Res. Champ: Ava Shroyer, Logan County

Reece Cook, Richland County, reacts to her black-face cross being selected the champion.
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2022 Ohio State Fair Junior Market Poultry results

Aug. 4, 2022 (Champions will be selected at the Grand Drive on Saturday, Aug. 6)

Judge: Terry Britt, Chicago

Market Turkeys

Class 1 

  1. Alivia Addis, Darke County
  2. Allison Kinney, Logan County 

Class 2

  1. Madison Estep, Madison County
  2. Ava Hester, Clinton County

Class 3

  1. Blake Addis, Darke County
  2. Cale Readshaw, Henry County

Market Chickens

Class 1

  1. Alexandra Kinney, Logan County
  2. Ava Hester, Clinton County

Class 2

  1. Delaney Johnson, Jefferson County
  2. Wyatt Stacklin, Union County 

Class 3

  1. Caleb Bennett, Fayette County
  2. Remington Price, Hancock County

Class 4

  1. Kyle Stacklin, Union County
  2. Chase Deahl, Fairfield County
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Junior dairy results (week 2)

Photos by Bernadette Arehart

Reserve Grand Champion Brown Swiss exhibitor Kaylee Cherry, Wayne County (also the Ohio Brown Swiss Princess) Grand Champion Brown Swiss exhibitor and Madelyn Topp, Auglaize County

Brown Swiss

YRP Junior Champion: Carissa Pittman, Wayne County

YRP Res. Junior Champion: Daleyn Gehrig, Monroe County

YRP Senior Champion: Madelyn Topp, Auglaize County

YRP Senior Res. Champion: Kaylee Cherry, Wayne County

YRP Grand Champion: Madelyn Topp, Auglaize County

YRP Res. Grand Champion: Kaylee Cherry, Wayne County

Carissa Pittman of West Salem was the exhibitor of the Junior Champion at the 2022 Ohio State Fair Junior Brown Swiss Show.

Guernsey Junior Show

Junior Champion: Hannah Hurst, Warren County

Res. Junior Champion: Silas Kohler, Fairfield County

Senior Champion: Aubree Topp, Shelby County

Senior Res. Champion: Silas Kohler, Fairfield County

Grand Champion: Aubree Topp, Shelby County

Res. Grand Champion: Silas Kohler, Fairfield County

Warming up this Guernsey Winter Yearling for junior exhibitor Olivia Dicke of Celina is 22-month-old Chloe Harting of Coldwater.
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Manure Science Review highlights

The goal when it comes to spreading manure on a farm field is to provide nutrients for crops while preventing nutrient runoff to streams. This year’s Manure Science Review included both a look at applying new technology to vary the rate of manure application and a talk about old technology — sandbags — to keep nutrients from washing away.

These topics and more were discussed July 26 during a daylong event focused on educating farmers and producers about the latest in manure science. Held by The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), Manure Science Review was held at Ohio State’s Northwest Agricultural Research Station.

Talks and demonstrations included information about variable rate application, controlling runoff with sandbags, composting, manure analysis, and more, said Manure Science Review co-planner Mary Wicks, a program coordinator for the Ohio Composting and Manure Management program at the CFAES Wooster campus.

She said the concept of combining GPS, soil data, and machine distribution has been used to vary fertilizer application, but traditionally, manure is spread at the same rate throughout a field. … Continue reading

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2022 Ohio State Fair Outstanding Breeding Exhibitors

Dylan Ely, 12, from Fayette County was the first place Outstanding Goat Breeding Exhibitor. Second place was Andrew Pontious, 17, from Fayette County. Third place was Adelyn Rupejko, 10, from Madison County.
Ephriam Fowler, 12, from Guernsey County was the first place Outstanding Sheep Breeding Exhibitor. Second place was Blake Martin, 16, from Huron County. Third place was Brett Martin, 14, from Huron County.
Owen Russell, 13, from Pickaway County was the first place Outstanding Swine Breeding Exhibitor. Second place was John Smock, 17, from Shelby County. Third place was Korbin Kaverman, 10, from Clark County.
Brady Evans, 12, from Tuscarawas County was the first place Outstanding Beef Breeding Exhibitor. Second place was Barrett Evans, 13, from Tuscarawas County. Third place was Delaney Chester, 14, from Warren County.

Thanks to Linde’s Livestock Photos, LLC for assistance on the Grand Breeding Drive.Continue reading

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Grand Drive breeding livestock results

The Grand Champion Percentage Doe was exhibited by Macie Elliott, Ross County.
The Res. Grand Champion Percentage Doe was exhibited by Bailey Brumfield, Ross County.
The Grand Champion Fullblood Doe was exhibited by Bailey Brumfield, Ross County.
The Res. Grand Champion Fullblood Doe was exhibited by Macie Elliott, Ross County.
The Grand Champion Fullblood Buck was exhibited by Macie Elliott, Ross County.
The Res. Champion Fullblood Buck was exhibited by Makayla Morris, Treble County.
The Supreme Champion Ram was a Southdown exhibited by Ephrain Fowler, Carroll County.
The Res. Champion Ram was a Horned Dorset exhibited by Keaton Snipes, Logan County.
The Supreme Champion Ewe was a Natural Colored exhibited by Bradyn Wolf, Wyandot County.
The Res. Champion Ewe was a Shropshire exhibited by Luke Raudebaugh.
The Grand Champion Breeding Gilt was a Yorkshire exhibited by Kylie Locke, Clark County.
The Res. Champion Breeding Gilt was a Yorkshire exhibited by Karly Miller, Wood County.
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Ohio State Fair dairy results (week 1)

Holstein Junior Show

Junior Champion: Maci McLean, Columbiana County

Junior Res. Champion: Elizabeth Kiko, Columbiana County

Lizzie Kiko, Colmbiana County, had the Reserve Champion Holstein heifer in the Junior Show.

Intermediate Champion: Thomas Colton, Champaign County

Res. Intermediate Champion: Aubree Topp, Shelby County

Senior Champion: Hannah Griffith, Clermont County

Res. Senior Champion: Alaina Topp, Shelby County

Grand Champion: Hannah Griffith, Clermont County

Res. Grand Champion: Thomas Colton, Champaign County

Ayrshire Junior Show

Junior Champion: Ava Lahmers, Union County

Junior Res. Champion: Carli Binckley, Columbiana County

Senior Champion: Logan Topp, Auglaize County

Res. Senior Champion: Carli Binckley, Columbiana County

Senior Grand Champion: Logan Topp, Augliaze County 

Res. Senior Grand Champion: Carli Binckley, Columbiana County

Red and White Junior Show

Intermediate Grand Champion: Allison Francis, Darke County

Intermediate Res. Grand Champion: Lilly Elsass, Auglaize County

Senior Champion: Aaron Carl, Columbiana County

Res. Senior Champion: Wyatt Schlauch, Holmes County

Grand Champion Red and White: Aaron Carl, Columbiana County

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Grand Drive Events return for 2022 Ohio State Fair

By Matt Reese

Returning for the 2022 Ohio State Fair will be two Grand Drive events, showcasing all the champion drives for each species in the same event. 

Taking a cue from other national caliber livestock shows, the events are designed to showcase the youth with a bit more pomp and circumstance while drawing a larger crowd and some extra bells and whistles. The 2022 State Fair features a Grand Drive for the junior breeding livestock exhibitors on July 30 and a second Grand Drive for junior market exhibitors on Aug. 6. The events require a huge amount of planning and extensive coordinated effort from the barn staffs of the different species. The Grand Drive events also add an extra layer of excitement to the livestock shows leading up to them. 

Annie Saling, 14, from Noble County, had her sights set on the July 30 Grand Drive for breeding livestock exhibitors while she was getting ready for the Ohio State Fair this summer.… Continue reading

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