Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions Results

Watch the video of sale of the champion cheese

 Watch the video of the sale of the grand champion goat

 Watch the video of the sale of the grand champion meat chickens

 Watch the video of the sale of the reserve champion meat chickens

Watch the sale of the grand champion lamb

 Watch the sale of the reserve champion lamb

 Watch the sale of the grand champion barrow

 Watch the sale of the reserve champion barrow

 Watch the sale of the grand champion steer

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2011 Jr. Fair Steer Show Results

Purebred Champion: Curtis Harsh, Delaware County (Maine-Anjou Champion)
Purebred Res. Champ: Austin Trbovich, Carroll County (Maine-Anjou Res. Champion)

Champion Angus: Jordan Mullett, Coshocton County
Res. Champ: Brook Roberts, Morrow County

Champion Chianina: Hali Lake, Greene County
Res. Champ: Clayton Wildermuth, Shelby County

Hereford Champion: Samantha Norman, Fulton County
Res. Champ: Skyler Plank, Clark County

Maine-Anjou Champion: Curtis Harsh, Delaware County
Res. Champ: Austin Trbovich, Carroll County

Shorthorn Champion: Cole Foor, Licking County
Res. Champ: Brandon Klehm, Stark County

Shorthorn Plus Champion: Jake Parkinson, Licking County
Res. Champ. Meghan Reed, Sandusky County

AOB Champion: Lauren Ott, Huron County
Res. Champ: Kelsie Hinds, Tuscarawas… Continue reading

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Jr. Fair Barrow Show Results








Grand Champion Junior Dark Cross Barrow: Levi Stauffer, Forest
Res. Grand Champion Junior Dark Cross Barrow: Thorpe Connolly, Urbana

Grand Champion Junior Light Cross Barrow: Troy Elwer, Delphos
Res. Grand Champion Junior Light Cross Barrow: Connor Rayburn, Orient

Grand Champion Duroc: Frank Reithman
Res. Champion: Andre Miller

Grand Champion Yorkshire: Craig Schiff
Res. Champion: Katie Siegel

Grand Champion Berkshire: Nick Topp
Res. Champion: Christina Norman

Grand Champion Chester White: Bailey Creager
Res. Champion: Mitchell Scott

Grand Champion Poland: David Devore
Res. Champion: Tyla Voight

Grand Champion Hampshire: David Korb
Res. Champion: Leighann Shanklin

Grand Champion Landrace: Zachary Zeedyk
Res. Champion: Garth Ruff

Grand Champion Spot: Mykenzie Neanen
Res. Champion: Cierra Whitesel

Grand Champion Tamworth: Victoria Devore
Res. Champion: Kyle Stiver

Grand Champion Hereford: Victoria Devore
Res. Champion: Levi Montoya… Continue reading

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Clean sweep for the winner of the Ohio State Fair Rib-off



Armed with pork and ready to impress an audience and judges, seven teams from across Ohio, gathered in Columbus for the 15th annual Ohio Pork Rib-Off. This event invites teams to prepare both ribs and pulled pork that are evaluated by a judging panel for taste, tenderness and appearance.

This year, those challenged with selecting Ohio’s top teams were Woody Johnson, 92.3 WCOL; Shelley Mann, Columbus Crave Magazine; Virgil Strickler, General Manager, Ohio Expo Center and State Fair; Corporal Craig Sinclair, Clear Channel Radio Traffic and Johnny DiLoretto, Fox 28.

John DeSando of WCBE served as the competition emcee and announced the following award winners:

Grand Champion Ribs: Hickory River Smokehouse, Tipp City

Reserve Champion Ribs: Tony’s Restaurant, Findlay

Grand Champion Pulled Pork: Hickory River Smokehouse, Tipp City

Reserve Pulled Pork: Wally’s Great American BBQ, Tiffin

People’s Choice Award Winner: Tony’s Restaurant, Findlay

Best BBQ Sauce containing Soy: Hickory River Smokehouse, Tipp City

In addition to $3,000 in prizes, top teams received commemorative banners and silver serving trays.… Continue reading

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Beef Grazing Tour

The Ohio Forage and Grassland Council (OFGC) in cooperation with Athens County Extension is sponsoring a Beef Grazing Tour on Wednesday, August 17 in Athens County. The tour will feature three host farms; Dave and Nancy Bircher located at 3253 Sargent Road in Lodi Township, Joe and Donna Marks located at 17222 Lawson Road in Lodi Township and Scott and Joanne Pfeiffer located at 4347 Marion Johnson Road in Alexander Township.

Each farm will highlight different management practices. The tour begins at the Bircher farm at 9:30 am. This stop will feature paddock development, water systems, lane access and pasture rotation management. The next stop is the Marks farm where the discussion will center on fall calving, stockpiling forage and pasture reseeding options. At the Marks farm a noon meal of grilled hamburgers and hotdogs will be served. Following the noon meal we will drive to the final stop of the tour, the Pfeiffer farm.… Continue reading

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Stockpile decisions

Rory Lewandowski, Extension Educator, Athens County and Buckeye Hills EERA

It’s time for my annual reminder that early to mid-August is a good time to set aside some pasture paddocks to stockpile growth for winter grazing. On many farms the actual implementation of stockpiling can be traced back to management decisions in June and July as pasture paddock rotations were adjusted to set up this practice.

Tall fescue is the forage of choice to stockpile for winter grazing. Compared to other cool season grass species tall fescue produces more fall growth and does the best job of maintaining forage quality throughout the winter period. Tall fescue also accumulates high levels of non-structural carbohydrates and has improved palatability when grown under cool as compared to warm or hot weather conditions. In addition, we have a high percentage of endophyte infected fescue in our area. The toxic alkaloids associated with infected fescue reduce forage palatability and depress animal performance over the summer months.… Continue reading

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Common sense management necessary to minimize heat stress on livestock

Both man and beast suffer the effects of high heat and humidity in the dog days of summer, so cattle and sheep producers need to adopt basic strategies to keep animals calm, cool and collected through the year’s hottest days.

“Actual temperatures are well into the nineties and heat indexes are very high,” said John Grimes, Ohio State University Extension beef coordinator. “Producers need to consider their daily management practices in order to minimize the stress resulting from current weather patterns to their beef herds.”

Coordinating animal movement and handling in the morning or evening hours is essential to minimizing heat stress for both livestock and human handlers. Working animals in the middle of the day, Grimes said, is a recipe for heat-related health issues.

Cattle aren’t the only animals affected by the summer sun. Sheep in Ohio also are raised predominantly outdoors in pasture-based production systems. Roger High, OSU Extension sheep coordinator, said farmers need to mind basic animal health principles to keep sheep comfortable.… Continue reading

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Animal rights activists target university researchers, students

Activists promoting an agenda of animal rights have long protested the use of animals by major research universities and institutions.

Earle Holland, Ohio State University’s assistant vice president for Research Communications, said those activists are increasingly targeting students pursuing degrees in fields known for relying on laboratory animals to conduct research.

“It is much bigger than ever before,” Holland said. “The FBI has designated some animal rights groups and even some environmental activists as domestic terrorists. Given the rise in violence and property destruction over the past decade or so, it is much more serious than it was in the past.”

Holland acknowledged that Ohio State is relatively fortunate, dealing with only a “handful” of serious threats of violence to university researchers in recent years. The national trend, on the other hand, concerns the university and the research community at large.

Major research institutions such as Ohio State rely on laboratory research animals for two key reasons: first, because the animals provide the best possible vehicle for conducting research in many fields of study.… Continue reading

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Ag is Cool Winners Announced.


Governor John R. Kasich and Ohio Department of Agriculture Director James Zehringer today announced the winners for the 2011 “Agriculture is Cool” visual arts contest. Ohio school children enrolled in school or home schooled during the 2010-2011 academic year shared their personal interpretation of why Ohio agriculture is “cool” for their chance to win Brad Paisley tickets at the Ohio State Fair.

Entries, which included an original video, photograph, drawing, or painting, were judged in the four different age categories: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Seven entries were selected as winners in their respective categories.

K-2 Drawing, Painting: Brandon Barr, Xenia, Greene County, age 8
K-2 Photograph: Kaitlyn Zeedyk, Hicksville, Defiance County, age 7
3-5 Drawing, Painting: Annie Cvelbar, Euclid, Cuyahoga County, age 11
3-5 Photograph: Thomas Gress, Shreve, Wayne County, age 9
6-8 Drawing, Painting: Samantha Murphy, Fayetteville, Brown County, age 13
6-8 Photograph: Sydney Black, Ashville, Pickaway County, age 14
9-12 All: Diane Gress, Shreve, Wayne County, age 16

A video produced by 16-year old Diane Gress of Shreve was chosen as the 2011 “Best in Show” entry.… Continue reading

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Jr. Fair Lamb Show Results




Breed champions

Hampshire – Madison Banbury, Danville
Res. Champ- Andy Sloan, Shelby

Shropshire- Cierra Jordan, Belle Center
Res. Champ.-Kyle Barton, Camden

Southdown-Brennen Morman, Leipsic
Res. Champ.-Alyssa Muhlenkamp, Celina

Suffolk- Logan Harvel, Mt. Sterling
Res. Champ.-Taylor Banbury, Danville

Dorset- Meghann Winters, Old Washington
Res. Champ.- Leslie Small, Gallipolis

Montadale- Logan Harvel, Mt. Sterling
Res. Champ.- Brock Martin, Attica

Oxford- Shawnie Pendleton, New Holland
Res. Champ.- Kyle Burton, Camden

AOB- Matthew Smith, Fostoria
Res. Champ. -Peyton Caplinger, Eaton

Brockle- Mikaylie Morman, Leipsic
Res. Champ.- Emily Johnson, Casstown

Natural Colored- Mark Wallen, St. Paris
Emma Newsom, Jackson

X-Bred Champion-MacKenzie Fruchey, Fayette
Reserve: MacKenzie Fruchey, Fayette

OSF Roger High

Ohio Sheep Improvement Association Executive Director Roger High touts the bright young people in Wednesday’s Lamb Show and discusses the industry’s growth throughout Ohio.


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Beef shortage means hold on to the cows

The quantity of beef available to consumers in the United States has declined a startling amount in recent years, and that trend is going to continue. Unfortunately, even higher retail beef prices can be expected for consumers, said Chris Hurt, a Purdue University Extension economist.

“The declining supplies are related to continuing liquidation of the cow herd in the past few years due to high feed prices, a weak U.S. dollar that is spurring beef exports, and, of course, drought in the Southwest and Southeast. Declining supplies will support prices across the cattle complex at new record highs in 2011 and again in 2012,” he said.

The USDA estimate of the inventory of beef cows on July 1 showed a further decline of 1 percent in the past year. Since 2007, when feed prices were still moderate, beef cow numbers have dropped 5 percent. More alarming is the decline in beef available to U.S.… Continue reading

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State Fair Butter Sculpture Unveiled

The 2011 butter display at the Ohio State Fair, July 27-Aug.7, pays tribute to our nation’s space program and recognizes the retirement of NASA’s space shuttle program.

Each year, the American Dairy Association Mideast selects an icon or theme to feature in butter that is non-political, non-controversial and reflects optimism and broad audience-appeal.  This year’s theme is no exception as Ohio’s dairy farmers recognize that our state has made significant contributions to flight and space exploration.

The retirement of the space shuttle program marks the end of an era.  Throughout most of the history of the space program, Ohio produced more astronauts than any other state. In fact, twenty-four astronauts have called Ohio home, including space pioneers John Glenn and Neil Armstrong, who we previously honored by sculpting in butter. Ohio’s dairy farmers also previously paid a butter tribute to the Wright Brothers, Ohio’s fathers of aviation.

The 2011 butter display is one of the most complex displays ever sculpted at the Ohio State Fair and features the interior of a space shuttle cockpit with intricate details such as flight controls, dials, gauges and display systems. … Continue reading

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