The 2017 Ohio State Fair has come and gone. The memories gained by the numerous young people involved in this year’s fair will last a lifetime. We congratulate all the youth that worked hard to make it to the fair. In this video, we take one final chance to recognize the junior market champions that appeared in the Sale of Champions this year.… Continue readingRead More »
U.S. pork and beef exports continued to trend above year-ago levels in June, capping a very strong first half of the year. According to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), exports also achieved higher values on a per-head-slaughtered basis and accounted for a steady-to-higher percentage of total production.
June beef exports were the largest of 2017, reaching 109,554 metric tons (mt) — up 11% year-over-year and the largest June total since 2011. Export value increased 10% to $602.5 million. For January through June, beef exports were up 12% in volume (606,876 mt) and 15% in value ($3.35 billion) compared to the first half of last year.
Exports accounted for nearly 13% of total U.S. beef production in June and 10% for muscle cuts only — each about even with a year ago. The ratios were the same for January through June, which was also steady with the first half of last year.… Continue readingRead More »
A Beef Industry Update meeting provided by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) will take place in Seneca County. Beef producers from Seneca and surrounding counties are encouraged to attend. The meeting will be held Tuesday, August 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Carmie’s Bar & Grill, 2460 OH-231 Tiffin, Ohio 44883.
A complimentary dinner will be hosted by OCA Allied Industry Council (AIC) members Multimin USA and Ag Credit, and door prizes will be provided. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from Multimin USA and Ag Credit representatives on keeping their cow herd profitable. OCA Staff will be in attendance to discuss OCA events and policy updates.
Contact the OCA office at 614-873-6736 or email email@example.com or more information about the beef industry update meetings. More information can also be found at www.ohiocattle.org.… Continue readingRead More »
A researcher at The Ohio State University is conducting a multi-state study testing for flu among pigs at fairs as swine infected with a flu virus were confirmed at two recent county fairs in Ohio.
Andrew Bowman, a veterinarian with Ohio State’s Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, has found that, on average, one out of every four fairs he attends every year has at least one pig infected with the Influenza A Virus Infecting Swine (IAV-S). Some of the infected pigs don’t show clinical signs of the illness when they’re tested.
The influenza A virus can infect pigs as well as other animals and people. When one case is discovered at a fair, more often than not, several cases are found at the same fair, said Bowman.
Bowman is little more than halfway through his seven-year study involving 100 county and state fairs in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana as well as a handful in Iowa, Kentucky and West Virginia.… Continue readingRead More »
The Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions livestock auction, held on the last day of the Ohio State Fair in the WCOL Celeste Center, showcased Ohio’s premium livestock, premier Junior Fair exhibitors and generous supporters. On the sale bill were grand champion and reserve champion market lambs, market barrows and market beef, as well as grand champion market goat, grand champion and reserve champion market chickens, grand champion market turkey and a block of Swiss cheese to represent the seven dairy champions. In full, the livestock was auctioned for a total of $284,000. This year’s sale broke one record: Reserve Grand Champion Market Barrow sold for $32,000, breaking the previous record of $31,000 set in 2013.
“The Ohio State Fair is rooted in agriculture, and each year we’re privileged to celebrate the hard work of our youth exhibitors. That’s what the Fair is all about,” said Virgil Strickler, General Manager. “I’m eternally grateful for our incredibly supportive buyers.… Continue readingRead More »
The Buckeye Barrow Boosters also supported each exhibitor in the sale. They include: Ward Family Genetics, Jim Yeazel and Family, Ohio Hamp/York Crossbred Sale, Ohio State Fair Youth Gilt Sale, Korb Farms, Inc., Ohio Pork Schop, Kremer Yorkshires, Kimley Show Pigs, Ohio’s Country Journal/Ohio Ag Net, Moyer’s Genetic Edge, Rick Fogle, North Central Pig Sale, Isla Grande Farms, Bates Show Pigs, Mark Butterfield Family, Waits Family, Scott Evans Family, Michael Carson Family, Thompson Show Feed, Bryan Vaughan Family, 3N Livestock, Robert Keener Family, Roger Zeedyk Family, Wendt Livestock, and Nate Warner Livestock, Kaffenbarger Farms, Tony Nye Family, Ohio Spot Association, John Regula Auctioneer, Bob Foster Family, Fender Club Pigs, Fearon Family, Knecht Family, Dore Family, Kerby Wilcox Family, Jim Worley Family, Nathan Frey Family, Jason Adams Family, Scholl Family Ron Riley Family, Kevin Hancock Family, Chris Scott Family, Creager Family Farm, Kirk Swenson Family.Read More »
The 2017 Ohio State Fair Jr. Market Beef Drive is Saturday night. Watch the live broadcast of the event below. If the video player is not working, check out the video on our Facebook page by clicking here.
Watch the interview with champions below.Read More »
Grand Champion Angus Steer
Reserve Champion Angus Steer
Grand Champion Chianina Steer
Reserve Champion Chianina Steer
Grand Champion Hereford Steer
Reserve Champion Hereford Steer
Grand Champion Maine-Anjou Steer
Reserve Champion Maine-Anjou Steer
Grand Champion Shorthorn Steer
Reserve Champion Shorthorn Steer
Grand Champion Shorthorn Plus Steer
Reserve Champion Shorthorn Plus Steer
Grand Champion Simmental Steer
Reserve Champion Simmental Steer
Grand Champion AOB Steer
Reserve Champion AOB Steer
Grand Champion Market Heifer
Reserve Champion Market Heifer
Division 1 Crossbred
Champion: Zoey Shriners, Perry Co
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Junior Market Barrow results
Grand Champion: Ava Genter, Archbold
Reserve: Aaron Rolfe, Sabina
Grand Champion: Lillian Rees, Bidwell
Reserve: Alexa Hawk, Harrod
Grand Champion: Matthew Butterfield, Oxford
Reserve: Mason Creager, Wauseon
Grand Champion: Coby Hughes, Sabina
Reserve: Gracee Beth Stewart, Sabina
Grand Champion: Mason Creager, Wauseon
Reserve: Austin Hunker, Bellevue
Grand Champion: Cameron Shellhouse, Sycamore
Reserve: Jennifer Bittner, Hamilton
Grand Champion: Peyton Bumgardner, South Vienna
Reserve: Madelyn Harrison, Hamilton
Grand Champion: Ella Sprang, Lakeville
Reserve: Lea Kimley, South Charleston
Grand Champion: Treanna Lavy, Pleasant Hill
Reserve: Ethan Wendt, Dublin
Grand Champion: Lindsey Dore, Galena
Reserve: Kaci Way, West Salem
Grand Champion: Liam Shellhouse, Sycamore
Reserve: Ashton Frey, Upper Sandusky
Grand Champion: Levi Stauffer, Mt. Blanchard
Reserve: Madison Petro, Gallipolis
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Setting a new record at the Ohio State Fair, the Grand Champion Rabbit Meat Pen, exhibited by Brittany Modra, from Monroe Country, sold for $6,800 to Direct Feeds and Show Rite Feeds. The Reserve Champion Rabbit Meat Pen, exhibited by Laramie Grubb, of Ross County, sold for $4,600 bought by Turner Oil and Gas Properties as well as the Ohio Market Rabbit Producers Association.
The top 30 exhibitors from the show were awarded premiums. Third place received $1,000, fourth place received $600, fifth place received $400, places six through 15 received $250 and places 16 to 30 received $125.Read More »
Our wet weather conditions throughout much of 2017 prevented spring establishment of perennial forages for many producers. Additionally, the wet weather has caused stand loss in alfalfa fields due to compaction and crown damage from harvest on wet soils, and from root rot in poorly drained field areas. As a result, replacement of some of those acres is necessary. August provides growers with another window of opportunity to establish a perennial forage stand. Typically, the main risk with a late summer August planting is having sufficient moisture for seed germination and plant growth but this year that risk may be low.
There are some advantages to late summer forage planting as compared to a spring planting. Late summer planting means forage seedlings are not competing with the flush of annual spring and summer weed emergence/growth. The soil borne root rot and damping off disease organisms that thrive in cool, wet soils are not an issue. … Continue readingRead More »
The 2017 Ohio State Fair Governor’s Cup Draft Horse Show begins at 6 p.m. EDT. Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’s Country Journal is bringing to you live streaming coverage of the entire event.
If the video is not working on this page, be sure to visit our Facebook page by clicking here.Read More »
Photos by Mindi Brookhart
1. Zac Ortman, Perry Co.
2. Deloris Corcoran, Ross Co.
1. Adam Vogel, Auglaize Co.
2. Hayden Johnson, Jefferson Co.
1. Noah Vogel, Auglaize Co.
2. Remington Price, Hancock Co.
1. LeAnn Regula, Logan Co.
2. Kady Davis, Carroll Co.
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For those who raise livestock, making hay is a way of life. However, after going through another frustrating hay season dealing with weather and equipment, there has to be a better way … and there is.
Stockpiling forages, especially cool-season grasses for fall and winter grazing, is an excellent option – and now’s the time to consider it. All you need to do is make a final grazing of the field or final mowing and let it grow until later in the fall or winter. Typically, adding nitrogen when stockpiling is initiated will increase yield and quality.
If you live in an area with fescue, this is the forage that usually works best. Other grasses like orchardgrass work, but the quality and yield diminishes faster as winter weather settles in. We have conducted research in eastern Ohio periodically over the past 25-plus years, and we have consistently had increased yield and quality when nitrogen fertilizer was added, although not always statistically significant.… Continue readingRead More »