Livestock



Strong first half for red meat exports

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 reading

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Beef Industry Update meeting Aug. 15

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 beef@ohiobeef.org or more information about the beef industry update meetings. More information can also be found at www.ohiocattle.org.… Continue reading

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Ongoing work with swine flu emphasizes need for good fair hygiene

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 reading

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50th Sale of Champions

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 reading

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Junior Market Barrow Breed Sale of Champions

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.

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Ohio State Fair Junior Market Beef results

Results

Grand Champion Angus Steer
Carly Sanders
Highland County

Reserve Champion Angus Steer
Maggie Pollard
Defiance County

Grand Champion Chianina Steer
Montana Hulsmeyer
Allen County

Reserve Champion Chianina Steer
Lane Underwood
Hardin County

Grand Champion Hereford Steer
Angie Distl
Clark County

Reserve Champion Hereford Steer
Hayden Smith
Holmes County

Grand Champion Maine-Anjou Steer
Elizabeth Heintz
Auglaize County

Reserve Champion Maine-Anjou Steer
Colleen Minges
Butler County

Grand Champion Shorthorn Steer
Carter McCauley
Guernsey County

Reserve Champion Shorthorn Steer
Tanner Cordes
Montgomery County

Grand Champion Shorthorn Plus Steer
Kinzee Shafer
Champaign County

Reserve Champion Shorthorn Plus Steer
Kendal Widman
Crawford County

Grand Champion Simmental Steer
Caroline Blay
Portage County

Reserve Champion Simmental Steer
Madison Paden
Guernsey County

Grand Champion AOB Steer
Lindsey Pugh
Stark County

Reserve Champion AOB Steer
Danielle Whitted
Portage County

Grand Champion Market Heifer
Isaac Gehret
Darke County

Reserve Champion Market Heifer
Hannah Schroeder
Putnam County

Division 1 Crossbred

Champion: Zoey Shriners, Perry Co

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Junior Market Barrow Show at the 2017 Ohio State Fair

Junior Market Barrow results

 

Berkshire

Grand Champion: Ava Genter, Archbold

Reserve: Aaron Rolfe, Sabina

 

Chester White

Grand Champion: Lillian Rees, Bidwell

Reserve: Alexa Hawk, Harrod

 

Dark Crossbred

Grand Champion: Matthew Butterfield, Oxford

Reserve: Mason Creager, Wauseon

 

Duroc

Grand Champion: Coby Hughes, Sabina

Reserve: Gracee Beth Stewart, Sabina

 

Hampshire

Grand Champion: Mason Creager, Wauseon

Reserve: Austin Hunker, Bellevue

 

Hereford

Grand Champion: Cameron Shellhouse, Sycamore

Reserve: Jennifer Bittner, Hamilton

 

Landrace

Grand Champion: Peyton Bumgardner, South Vienna

Reserve: Madelyn Harrison, Hamilton

 

Light Crossbred

Grand Champion: Ella Sprang, Lakeville

Reserve: Lea Kimley, South Charleston

 

Poland China

Grand Champion: Treanna Lavy, Pleasant Hill

Reserve: Ethan Wendt, Dublin

 

Spotted

Grand Champion: Lindsey Dore, Galena

Reserve: Kaci Way, West Salem

 

Tamworth

Grand Champion: Liam Shellhouse, Sycamore

Reserve: Ashton Frey, Upper Sandusky

 

Yorkshire

Grand Champion: Levi Stauffer, Mt. Blanchard

Reserve: Madison Petro, Gallipolis

PHOTOS BY MINDI BROOKHART

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2017 Market Rabbit Sale

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.

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August establishment of perennial forages

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 reading

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It’s time to stockpile forages

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 reading

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