Butter cow display highlights nutritious and delicious chocolate milk

The annual butter display, one of the best-kept secrets at the Ohio State Fair each year, has been unveiled. This year’s display is a salute to chocolate milk, the official beverage of Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA). Inside the dairy cooler, the traditional butter cow and calf is joined by a larger-than-life bottle of chocolate milk, along with four high school athletes.

“On behalf of Ohio’s dairy farmers, the American Dairy Association Mideast is proud to partner with OHSAA to help student athletes perform their best,” said Jenny Hubble, senior vice president of communications for ADA Mideast. “Chocolate milk is the ideal beverage for student athletes, as well as for their fans, because it contains nine essential nutrients to give them the fuel they need to stay at the top of their game.”

The six-foot bottle of chocolate milk featured in the butter display gets its creamy, chocolatey color from cocoa powder that’s mixed with the butter.… Continue reading

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Washing hands and hog show timelines important in avoiding swine influenza outbreaks

With the announcement of confirmed human cases of influenza following the Clinton County Fair H3N2 swine influenza discovery and H1N1 discovered in hogs at the Franklin County Fair, state leaders are reminding fairgoers and livestock exhibitors about commonsense ways to address and prevent the problem.

“We have had a few people get sick from the Clinton County Fair. Nobody was hospitalized, but there were certainly flu-like symptoms in about nine individuals that have been confirmed. It is something we need to take seriously and it can be prevented very easily with hand washing and moving our animals in and out in a three-day period. We just need to be proactive,” said Tony Forshey, Ohio’s State Veterinarian. “We are reiterating the importance of hand washing stations, signs and keeping food out of the barn — just common sense things that are good sanitation and good hygiene. This virus is pretty easily killed with heat and soap and water.… Continue reading

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Junior Goat Shows

Junior Market  Show results

Lightweight Champ: Ava Shroyer, DeGraff

Lightweight Res. Champ: Grace Day, Frankfort


Middleweight Champ: Paige Pence, New Carlisle

Middleweight Res. Champ: Katie Egbert, Botkins


Heavyweight Champ:Paige Pence, New Carlisle

Heavyweight Res. Champ: Ava Shroyer, DeGraff


Junior Dairy Goat Show results


Champ: Ashley Bailey, London

Res. Champ: Heather Cade, Galena


Alpine milkers

Champ: Hannah Depew, Chillecothe

Res. Champ: Jenna Bailey, London



Champ: Kolton Baer, Kinsman

Res. Champ: Kolton Baer, Kinsman


LaMancha milkers

Champ: Heather Cade, Galena

Res. Champ: Heather Cade, Galena



Champ: Allie Bohse, West Milton

Res. Champ: Jenna Johnson, Delaware


AOB milkers

Champ: Keeton Ables, Sullivan

Res. Champ: Gavin Manion, Ashland



Champ: Cole Spitler, West Manchester

Res. Champ: Courtney Hubbard, Cortland


Nubian milkers

Champ: Hunter Dye, Sunbury

Res. Champ: Cole Spitler, West Manchester


Recorded Grade

Champ: Kolton Baer, Kinsman

Res. Champ: Kolton Baer, Kinsman


Recorded Grade milkers

Champ: Heather Cade, Galena

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Livestock exhibitions showcase Ohio’s most valuable agricultural crop

Ohio State Fair visitors who stop to have a seat in the stands during one of the event’s many youth livestock exhibitions will have plenty to see. Sure, spectators will notice the livestock, but it is the dedicated youth in the livestock barns that are worth the time to watch. Any passerby will undoubtedly witness young people from around the state demonstrating a level of sportsmanship, hard work and camaraderie with their peers that are too-often absent in other parts of society.

These high quality young people are not there by accident or coincidence. The character of the young people in the show ring at the Ohio State Fair has been shaped over many months and years of work in the barn, wins and losses and countless livestock-related events and activities.

“Every time I finish judging a show, I always like to remind people that we are not here using kids to make better livestock, we are using livestock to make better kids.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Net Special Edition Podcast – Clinton County Fair Swine Flu

If you’ve been following social media and some non-ag news sites or had the chance to visit Wilmington last week, you’ve been seeing and hearing a lot of information, and some misinformation about what occurred at The Clinton County Fair. To get a balanced perspective, the Ohio Ag Net team talked to some people who are close to the situation from many different angles. Matt Reese traveled to the Ohio Department of Agriculture to visit with State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Forshey about the difficult decisions he had to make after the H3N2 virus was detected in the hog barn of the Clinton County Fairgrounds. Ty Higgins called up longtime 4-H advisor Kayla Alexander and hog breeder Jamie May to get their thoughts on last week’s happenings as well. You can hear it all on this Ohio Ag Net Special Edition Podcast, brought to you by AgriGold.

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Pork elections July 20

The election of pork producer delegate candidates for the 2018 National Pork Producers (Pork Act) Delegate Body will take place at noon on Thursday, July 20th, 2017 in conjunction with a Board of Directors meeting of Ohio Pork Council at the Cincinnati Radisson, 668 W. 5th Street, Covington, Kentucky.

All Ohio pork producers are invited to attend. Any producer, age 18 or older, who is a resident of the state and has paid all assessments due may be considered as a delegate candidate and/or participate in the election. All eligible producers are encouraged to bring with them a sales receipt proving that hogs were sold in their name and the checkoff deducted.… Continue reading

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Livestock transportation policy

Livestock farmers, as well as those who provide transportation services to producers, have expressed concerns about the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) “hours of service” rule. Under this rule, operators of commercial vehicles are limited to 11 hours of driving time and 14 hours of total time on duty, accounting for fuel stops, loading and unloading trucks, etc. When the limit is reached, drivers are required to pull over and take a 10-hour break. These requirements are not practical for the transportation of livestock, particularly over long distances.

In 2015, the Obama administration introduced a change to the hours of service rule, further rendering it impractical for producers and haulers of livestock. The rule mandated that commercial vehicle operators log driving time with automated electronic monitoring devices instead of manual record keeping. These devices, which require software subscriptions and are expensive to purchase and install, are not optimized for the particular requirements of livestock transportation.… Continue reading

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Clinton County Fair swine flu frustration, misinformation and lessons learned

After long hours of work and extensive investment in time and money to get to the show ring, emotions can run high, especially when things do not go as planned. That was certainly the case when, unfortunately, swine influenza was lab confirmed at the Clinton County Fair in July.

The Clinton County Fair Board worked closely with the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the Clinton County Agricultural Society and local and state health officials to stop further spread of this virus in the hog population by making it a terminal show. State Veterinarian Tony Forshey said it was a tough, but necessary, decision.

“We have dealt with influenza for several years at county fairs so that is nothing new. This was a unique case. In this case, this pig came in on a Saturday and became feverish on the following Wednesday. Then we had several others get sick on Thursday so we knew we had a fairly high viral load there.… Continue reading

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Swine flu found at Clinton Co. Fair

A case of H3N2 Swine Flu has been lab confirmed in one hog at the Clinton County Fair. There are no human cases at this time. The Clinton County Fair Board is working with the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the Clinton County Agricultural Society along with local and state health officials to stop further spread of this virus in the animal population. By Friday morning, July 14, 2017, all swine will have been removed from the Clinton County Fairgrounds.

“July 12, a pig at the Clinton County fair tested positive for H3N2, a zoonotic disease that can be transferred between animals and humans,” said Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) Spokesman Mark Bruce. “July 13th, additional animals in the barn showed clinical signs of illness and out of an abundance of caution to the general public and Ohio’s livestock population, ODA placed a quarantine on the hog barn. Only exhibitors and their parents were allowed into the building.”… Continue reading

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Priming the calf immune system for the challenges ahead

Now that calving is completed, the days are longer, and the grass is growing (hopefully), it is time to start preparing for the weaning and eventual sale or feedlot finishing of your calf crop and development of your replacement females. Once the cow calf pairs have been kicked out to pasture in the spring, there is a tendency to put off or ignore the steps needed not only to set the feedlot calf up for success, but also to lay the groundwork for proper health for your new heifers.

Management techniques such as castration and dehorning should take place as soon as possible. Waiting too long to remove the testicles, either by banding or cutting, increases the risk of bleeding and infection, and knocks the calf off feed for an extended period of time. The smaller the calf, the less attached they are to their testicles. Removal of horns, if present, can be done at birth or shortly thereafter using caustic dehorning paste on the horn buds.… Continue reading

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Cow size: Increasing mature body weight of the United States cow herd

There has been a 30% increase in cow mature size over the last 30 years. From 1975 to 2015, cow numbers have decreased by 35%, but beef production has been maintained at a level similar to 1975. In response to the low cow numbers, carcass weights have increased. These relationships suggest that the progeny of small cows, similar to the weights observed in the 1950s and 1960s, would not have the potential to produce the carcasses necessary to maintain beef production at the current level with the number of cows currently in the national beef cow herd, unless they take part in a postweaning growing period.

This phenomenon is explained by the increased productivity per calf in the progeny of the United States cow herd. The average hot carcass weight in 2014 was 38% greater than 1975, averaging 870 pounds in 2014 compared with an average hot carcass weight in 1975 of 630 pounds.… Continue reading

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Manure and more at the Manure Science Review

If so, you know that it’s a valuable but sometimes challenging material. Livestock manure provides nutrients, which can significantly offset fertilizer costs, and it improves the organic content of soil. But, it smells and can affect your health and water quality. Fortunately, knowledge and planning can ensure that the benefits outweigh the challenges.

Understanding the effects of manure application timing and methods can help improve crop yields and your bottom line. Knowing about safe manure handling and current regulations on manure nutrients can protect you and the environment. Taking the time to learn more is a smart investment.


Manure and more at the Manure Science Review

On Aug. 2, livestock and crop farmers, consultants, and others will gather at the Stoller Brothers & Sons farm in Paulding for the annual Manure Science Review (MSR). It’s a chance to learn from the experts, including livestock farmers, consultants and researchers, about manure management issues and practices.… Continue reading

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Hay and straw barn fires are a real danger

We’ve heard of one recent barn fire here in Ohio and a lot of hay has been put up last ahead of the recent rain. Much of the hay was wetter than it should have been for safe dry hay storage. Watch those moist bales very carefully for the next two to three weeks. Use a hay temperature probe and monitor the internal temperature of the hay during these first three weeks after baling.

Usually, we think of water and moisture as a way to put a fire out, but the opposite is true with hay and straw, which when too wet can heat and spontaneously combust. This is more common with hay than straw because there is more plant cell respiration in hay. When baled at moistures over 20% mesophilic bacteria release heat-causing temperatures to rise between 130 degrees F and 140 degrees F. If bacteria die and bales cool, you are in the clear but if thermophilic bacteria take over temperatures can raise to over 175 degrees F.… Continue reading

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USDA halts import of fresh Brazilian beef

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue last week announced the suspension of all imports of fresh beef from Brazil because of recurring concerns about the safety of the products intended for the American market. The suspension of shipments will remain in place until the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture takes corrective action which the USDA finds satisfactory.

Since March, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has been inspecting 100% of all meat products arriving in the United States from Brazil.  FSIS has refused entry to 11% of Brazilian fresh beef products. That figure is substantially higher than the rejection rate of one percent of shipments from the rest of the world.  Since implementation of the increased inspection, FSIS has refused entry to 106 lots (approximately 1.9 million pounds) of Brazilian beef products due to public health concerns, sanitary conditions, and animal health issues. It is important to note that none of the rejected lots made it into the U.S.… Continue reading

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Ohio Sheep and Wool Program highlights

The 2017 Ohio Sheep and Wool Program Board primarily functions for the purpose of promotion, education, research, marketing and producer services funding for the Ohio sheep industry. The 2017 OSWP Board chair is Gary Wilson, of Hancock County and vice-chair is Don Hawk, of Knox County.

In 2009, the OSWP Board initiated a process called Request for Proposals, or RFPs. This RFP process has helped the OSWP Board focus its funding requests on promotion, education, and research and marketing programs on a written request basis. For the 2016-17 fiscal year, funding support requests for the OSWP Board totaled $33,500.00, but due to limited check-off program dollars and quality program requests, only $27,250.00 of those requests were funded by the OSWP Board.

The following programs have been or will be successfully funded and are being planned and implemented during the current fiscal year, which operates Nov. 1, 2016 to Oct. 31, 2017:

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Fifty years of setting the standard: The Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions

Fifty years ago, it started with a dream to support the Ohio State Fair’s youth livestock exhibitors. Today, 422 champions have been honored and more than $6.4 million in sales have been generated by the Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions.

“We’re just trying to get them money to go to college and help them buy some farms,” said Gov. Jim Rhodes to Ed Johnson in a 1982 interview.

Rhodes was the mastermind behind the event that would help build the legacy of Ohio livestock exhibition on a national and international stage — the Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions. Rhodes recognized the hard work, long hours and vast leadership potential of the top livestock exhibitors at the Ohio State Fair and he wanted everyone else to do the same. He also wanted to establish a way to help those young exhibitors benefit from their incredible achievements financially. With these goals in mind, Rhodes teamed up with the Ohio Expositions Commission and well-known auctioneer Merlin Woodruff, who had been selling livestock at the Ohio State Fair since 1952.… Continue reading

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Sheep Day July 15 at OARDC

The 2017 Ohio Sheep Day is scheduled for Saturday, July 15 at OARDC Sheep Research Unit, location of a major portion of sheep research being conducted at The Ohio State University.  The OARDC Sheep Research Unit is located in beautiful Wayne County at 5743 Fredericksburg Rd., Wooster, OH 44691.

Ohio Sheep Day will offer visitors the opportunity to visit a successful sheep farming operation dedicated to sheep production in a profitable way. Sheep farmers and anyone interested in sheep management and production is invited to attend. A lamb luncheon is included as part of registration and no pre-registration is required.

The OARDC Sheep Research Unit hosts a commercial sheep operation concentrating its efforts on sheep research involving many aspects of sheep production and management.  The farm is located in northeastern Ohio where the terrain is gently rolling, making it an ideal location for grain crops as well as ruminant livestock production.… Continue reading

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Grazing tour July 14 in Wayne and Holmes counties

Sheep owners and others interested in sheep and forage management are invited to participate in a sheep grazing/forage management tour scheduled for Friday July 14 in Wayne/Holmes County. Topics to be discussed at the farms will include information for the beginning sheep farmer, sheep and management, cool season pasture species, hay production, fencing, rotational grazing management, breeding management and marketing. Each stop will have something different to offer in how the operation works for the farm and family. The sharing of ideas is how we all learn.

Resource people for the day will be Bob Hendershot of Green Pasture Services and Gary Wilson Past President American Forage and Grassland Council, retired OSU Extension. They will provide information about pasture grasses, grazing management, sheep production and are willing to answer all your questions.

Pre-registration is required and is limited to the first 40 people. Thanks to financial sponsorship from the Ohio Forage and Grassland Council and the Ohio Sheep and Wool Program the cost is only $40 per person ($30 for current Ohio Forage and Grassland Council members), which includes bus cost, lunch and refreshments.… Continue reading

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Past Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions exhibitors invited to celebrate 50 years

The Ohio State Fair is looking for past Sale of Champions exhibitors to attend this year’s 50th Anniversary of the Sale of Champions as honored guests of General Manager Virgil Strickler. Two tickets to the fair will be provided.

If you know of anyone on the list below, let them know the Ohio State Fair would love their company at the 2017 Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions Livestock Auction — 50th Anniversary on Sunday, Aug. 6 at 2 p.m.

Click here to sign up.

Year    Exhibitor
2016    Brooke Egbert
2016    Caden Jones
2016    Kylee Johnson
2016    Paige Pence
2016    Ashton Frey
2016    Lea Kimley
2016    Kady Davis
2016    Remmington Price
2016    Zac Ortman
2016    Taylor Carr
2016    Trevor Greiwe
2016    Madelyn Topp
2016    Alex Richardson
2016    Olivia Finke
2016    Keaton Topp
2016    Aubrey Topp
2015    Tyler Clark
2015    Oliver McGuire
2015    Bailee Amstutz
2015    Logan Harvel
2015    Troy Elwer
2015    Ashton Dominique
2015    Masson Sanders
2015    Katelyn Vollrath
2015    Caleb Murawski
2015    Mel Lindner
2015    Jillian Salmon
2015    Seth Abel
2015    Dorothy Rees
2015    Autumn Mohler
2015    Taylor Thatcher
2015    Mallory Spring
2015    Paige Pence
2015    Kinley Topp
2015    Kyle Ackley
2015    Grace Hageman
2015    Madelyn Topp
2015    Kennan Wolf
2015    Lane Greiwe
2014    Gerrett Davison
2014    Brooke Egbert
2014    Logan Harvel
2014    Colin Gump
2014    Hannah Frobose
2014    Nicholas Adams
2014    Madison Simon
2014    Ethan Weir
2014    Hanna Shafer
2014    Cami Reveal
2014    Braxton Perry
2014    Corey Jodrey
2014    Keenan Wolf
2014    Kristopher Ackley
2014    Lane Greiwe
2014    Madelyn Baker
2013    Brooke Egbert
2013    Madison Clark
2013    Colin Gump
2013    Delanie Wiseman
2013    Sidni Harris
2013    Adam McCoy
2013    Hayden Johnson
2013    Cole Krawczyk
2013    Kaci Carter
2013    Michaela Ambos
2013    Jacob Baker
2013    Lane Grewie
2013    Keaton Topp
2013    Marshall Overholt
2013    Trevor Greiwe
2013    Kinley Topp
2012    Danielle Heintz
2012    Mackenzie Fruchey
2012    Emily Overs
2012    Madison Banbury
2012    Lea Kimley
2012    Mason Creager
2012    Reggie Regula
2012    Chrysta Beck
2012    Paydon Gingerich
2012    Jordon Fledderjohann
2012    Jacob Baker
2012    Anna Miley
2012    Lane Grewie
2012    Jacob Morgan
2012    Becky Cooley
2012    Braxton Perry
2011    Danielle Heintz
2011    Megan Miller
2011    Mackenzie Fruchey
2011    Madison Banbury
2011    Levi Stauffer
2011    Troy Elwer
2011    Emily Myers
2011    Reggie Regula
2011    Zach Johnson
2011    Jordon Fledderjohann
2011    Keaton Topp
2011    Anna Miley
2011    Tanner Topp
2011    Michelle Funk
2011    Allison Mangun
2011    Erica Showalter
2010    Danielle Heintz
2010    Andy Sloan
2010    Rachael Overs
2010    Madison Banbury
2010    Haley Clinker
2010    Alec Brenek
2010    Tyler Gray
2010    Garrett Shafer
2009    Branden DeFrank
2009    Grant McIntosh
2009    Taylor Banbury
2009    Audrey Neal
2009    Raven Crawford
2009    Alex Vaughan
2009    Kara McCarthy
2009    Sarah Johnson
2008    Kyleigh DeFrank
2008    Kayla Campbell
2008    Audrey Neal
2008    Madison Banbury
2008    Tyla Voight
2008    Levi Kimley
2008    Scott Seim
2008    Garrett Shafer
2007    Zach Grauer
2007    Jacque Knipe
2007    Amber Shoemaker
2007    Madison Banbury
2007    Alex Vaughan
2007    Kurt Seeley
2007    Lindsey Voge
2007    Kara McCarthy
2007    Chelsey Cook Green
2006    Kayla Campbell
2006    Jamie Banbury
2006    Andrew Johnson
2006    Grant Gehret
2006        Nicholas Barney
2006    Kara McCarthy
2006    Lindsey Voge
2005    Cole McConville
2005    Katy Stacey
2005    Kara Sloan
2005    Jamie Banbury
2005    Shane Poulson
2005    Dale Mayer
2005    Brooke Teynor
2005    Lindsey Voge
2004    Brad Dinnen
2004    Abbie Harner
2004    Jamie Banbury
2004    Jamie Banbury
2004    Matt Evans
2004    Kelly Baxley
2004    Karli Baumgardner
2004    Mallorie Hott
2003    Trent Printz
2003    Blake Campbell
2003    Curtis Bickel
2003    Bailey Creagor
2003    Molly Gehret
2003    Lindsey Voge
2003    Patrick Nolan
2002    Stephanie Riley
2002    Seth Kohnen
2002    Andrew Johnson
2002    Mark Gray
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U.S., China finalize details to send U.S. beef to China

As part of the U.S.-China 100-Day Action plan announced on May 11, 2017 by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin, the Trump Administration has taken important steps toward commercial shipment of U.S. beef and beef products to China for the first time since 2003.

These shipments are results of the U.S.-China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue co-chaired by Secretary Ross and Secretary Mnuchin for the United States and Vice Premier Wang Yang for China. Accordingly, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has reached agreement with Chinese officials on final details of a protocol to allow the U.S. to begin the beef exports to China. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the posting of technical documents related to the beginning of shipments.

“Today is a great day for the United States and in particular for our cattle producers, who will be regaining access to an enormous market with an ever-expanding middle class,” Perdue said.… Continue reading

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