Ohio Cattlemen’s Roundup tours Clark County

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) invites all who have an interest in Ohio’s cattle industry to Clark County, Ohio for this year’s Roundup, Sept. 5 and 6, 2014, featuring farm tours, sessions with industry leaders, great food, and time with fellow cattlemen.

Roundup begins Friday evening, Sept. 5, at R Genetics Livestock, owned by Scott and Sasha Rittenhouse of Springfield. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m., prepared by the Clark Cattlemen’s Association with burgers sponsored by Better Beef program and Dave Long of South Charleston.

Saturday morning registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center, Springfield. Breakfast will be provided thanks to United Producers, Inc.

Dr. Henry Zerby, Department Chair, Ohio State University Animal Sciences, kicks off the Roundup program, sponsored by Farm Credit Mid-America, at 9 a.m. Dr. will provide an update on the department and the status of plans for the college’s new livestock facilities.… Continue reading

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Jason Miller wins 2014 NAA International Auctioneer Championship titles

Emerging from a highly competitive field of 74 contestants, Jason L Miller CAI, of Quaker City, Ohio, was crowned winner of the men’s National Auctioneers Association 27th International Auctioneer Championship, which took place Friday at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville.

Miller received a $5,000 cash award, trophy and championship ring for his winning efforts through the preliminary bid-calling round, an interview round and a final round of bid-calling that included the top 15 men and seven women. He now claims the right to be known as one of the best auctioneers in the world.

“Dreams do come true,” said Miller, who competed in his eighth IAC. “I’ve chased this for so long, but it’s not even about the trophy. It’s about the association, the friendships. These guys who I competed with today, not against, are my dear friends for life, and I love them all.”

Miller recently helped establish the new Cambridge office for Kaufman Realty & Auctions.… Continue reading

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Management decisions and marketing opportunities for replacement females

Summer is important for the cow-calf producer. Depending on the timing and duration of your calving season, most spring calving operations have already or soon will be wrapping up the breeding season in their herds. Regardless of when you decide to conclude the breeding season, there are some important decisions that need to be addressed that can greatly impact the future profitability of your herd.

Sometime shortly after the breeding season concludes, an important management practice that should be implemented by every cow-calf producer is a pregnancy check of the breeding herd. Today, there are three basic technologies available to the producer for pregnancy checking: traditional palpation, ultrasound, and blood testing. Depending on the technology utilized, pregnancy checks should be made 30 to 60 days after the conclusion of the breeding season.

Determining the pregnancy status of beef cattle continues to be one of the most underutilized yet relatively easy to implement management practices available to beef producers.… Continue reading

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Summer planting season

Ohio’s planting season for crops has wrapped up and 2014 harvest is getting closer, but in many ways, summer offers other opportunities to plant seeds. With the children out of schools and attention turned towards 4-H projects and the fair season, seeds for the future of Ohio agriculture are being planted all the time in every corner of the state through the fair season.

Of course, farm kids from all over Ohio have been hard at work in the show ring at this year’s Ohio State Fair and county fairs. To recognize the importance of these efforts, AgriGold Hybrids is sponsoring Ohio Ag Net mid-day coverage at Ohio fairs and donating $1,000 to 10 separate county junior fair boards across the state.

“We know the important role that youth plays in agriculture,” said Kent Miller, with AgriGold Hybrids. “4-Hers completing a project at the fair is the culmination of all of their hard work and is an excellent building block for agriculture.”… Continue reading

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Life isn’t always fair (or is it?)

Life isn’t always fair, unless you are the Wendt family from Union County and it is late July or early August. But is that fair?

Like many Ohio farm families, their summer revolves around two events — the Ohio State Fair and the county fair. For the Wendts, though, the two events that they are heavily involved in overlap and condense all of the work and the fun into one wild event. The Wendts spend months preparing for a wild stretch of the Union-County-Ohio-State-Fair that comes and goes like a blur, with plenty of running around in between.

“From July 18 until Aug. 5 we are in a camper at a fair,” said Kevin Wendt. “The Ohio State Fair opening is right in the middle of the Union County Fair. The running back and forth and the hectic show schedules can create havoc.”

Kevin and his wife, Megan, have two children — Riley, 11, and Ethan, 8.… Continue reading

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(A Dairy Parody) “Show Kids Got Their White Pants On”

The team at Ohio’s Country Journal and the Ohio Ag Net have a bit of fun in this video with attire required by kids that show dairy animals. Ty Higgins, Matt Reese and Joel Penhorwood decided to join in the fun and get some white pants of their own and found some great show kids to help out with this Mel McDaniel (Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On) inspired parody tune to kick off coverage of this year’s Ohio State Fair!

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The Dairy Margin Protection Program: Information and opportunities

The 2014 Farm Bill initiated a new dairy risk management program that is expected to assist with price risk management when the MILC and price support programs expire this fall.

All dairy farmers will need to make a decision whether to participate or not. If a farm chooses to participate, they will also have to indicate a level of participation.

Join Ohio State University Extension experts at one of three regional meetings to learn more about the Dairy Margin Protection Program. Topics covered will include:

• What is the DMPP and how will it work?

• Dairy Decision Tool Software Demo

• Dairy Cost of Production and tools for calculating

your costs and margin.

• Should our farm participate in this program?

• Potential impacts on profitability

The meetings are:

• Sept. 3 at Romer’s in St Henry (call 419-739-6580).

• Sept. 11 at Mahoning County Experimental Farm (call 330-533-5538)

• OARDC Shisler Center (call 330-264-8722)

Follow-up meetings will be held to review risk-management alternatives and provide training in the use of the Dairy Decision Software Tools.… Continue reading

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TPP makes incremental progress

In early July chief negotiators from the 12-member countries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) met in Ottawa, Ontario, to continue working through technical issues of the various chapters. While the prevailing view is that continuous progress is being made on resolving texts in a number of areas, decisions on several unresolved issues will have to be made at the ministerial levels of the member countries.

In addition, many of the unresolved issues in non-agricultural areas continue to be dependent on the outcome of the ongoing bilateral discussions between the United States and Japan on market access issues regarding agricultural products, particularly the sensitive products (rice, dairy, beef, pork, wheat, barley and sugar) and automobiles. Another round of bilateral meetings between the two countries were held in Washington, D.C. later this month. The TPP negotiations have high stakes for agriculture.

“We see other TPP countries now realizing that Japan is a real problem here, so I think there is going to be added pressure on Japan to add more market access,” said Howard Hill, National Pork Producers Council president.… Continue reading

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2014 Ohio Lamb Jam educated consumers

The 2014 Ohio Lamb Jam was held in Columbus at the North Market in conjunction with the Food and Ohio Wine Festival on July 12. Four of the top chefs in central Ohio competed for a $500 first place prize.

“This is a great opportunity for consumers to try and learn about the versatility, taste and quality of lamb,” said Roger High, executive director of the Ohio Sheep and Wool Program. “We have a chef’s cooking competition using American lamb and we have a number of activities going on here. Lamb is a product that pairs very well with lots of wines and it is a natural fit with this event at the North Market in Columbus.”

The winner of the chef competition was Chef Janel Hedgepeth, from Latitude 41, with Spiced Lamb Carpaccio Rosette with bacon jam in a Kennnbee Birds Nest. The runner-up was Chef Jacob Inscore with braised lamb neck garnished with pickled vegetables, mushrooms and a refreshing squash sorbet.… Continue reading

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Butter cow naming contest for Ohio State Fair

For the first time in over 15 years, Ohio State Fair fans will have the chance to choose names for the 2014 iconic butter cow and calf at the Ohio State Fair. Back by popular demand, and moo-ving from tear pads to Twitter, the participant who crafts the most creative name for this year’s butter bovines will get to milk this opportunity for all its worth, sharing the spotlight with the coveted cow and calf during the sculpture unveiling.

The naming contest dates back to the early 1980s, during which fairgoers would drop hand-written names into a large wooden milk carton. Now, the challenge will take to Twitter. For a week starting Monday, July 14, names for the butter cow and calf can be submitted by using the hashtag, #ButterCowNameGame.

The American Dairy Association Mideast will invite the person with the most inventive name to the butter cow and secret sculpture unveiling on July 22 to celebrate their creation.… Continue reading

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Meat export update

U.S. pork and beef exports maintained their strong momentum in May, with export volumes for both products exceeding last year’s totals and value increasing by double digits, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

May pork exports totaled 188,030 metric tons (mt), up 4% from a year ago. Export value remained in the $600 million range for the third consecutive month, increasing 19% to $599.6 million. For January through May, pork export volume (964,631 mt) was 9% ahead of last year’s pace, while export value was up 15% to $2.84 billion.

Beef exports in May were up 5% in volume (102,967 mt) and 15% in value ($589 million). For the first five months of 2014, export volume was up 9% to 479,344 mt and value increased 17% to $2.64 billion.

Pork results led by record-high value to Mexico

Mexico continued its outstanding performance for U.S.… Continue reading

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NCBA and the NRCS “water police”

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council filed comments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ “interpretive” rule. The rule will make the Natural Resource Conservation Service a regulatory compliance agency, resulting in cattle producers putting less conservation on the ground.

The interpretive rule was published in the Federal Register the same day as the agencies’ proposed rule to redefine “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. The rule’s intent is to interpret what Congress meant when it included a statutory exemption for “normal farming, silviculture and ranching activities” under the 404 Dredge and Fill Program.

“The EPA claims they have made right with the agricultural community by interpreting their exemption to only include the ‘normal’ 56 NRCS practice standards, excluding all other NRCS practice standards and all voluntary conservation activities,” said Ashley McDonald, NCBA environmental council.  “By defining these very specific 56 practices, the interpretive rule only narrows the scope of what is considered normal farming and ranching practices.… Continue reading

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Aquaculture offers significant potential for growth in Ohio

Current and future fish farmers who’ve attended aquaculture programing taught by researchers from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences say the techniques they learned not only increased their overall knowledge of the industry but also increased their confidence to work in this industry, according to a recent survey.

In fact, some participants said the training taught them important concepts such as how to operate a successful fish farm and helped them clarify potential obstacles to running a successful aquaponics business, said Estefania James, program coordinator for the Aquaculture Boot Camp. The program is offered by the Ohio Center for Aquaculture Research and Development at the Ohio State University South Centers. The OSU South Centers are part of the college.

The survey is based on a two-day aquaponics program offered jointly last April by OSU South Centers and the College of Agriculture, Food Science and Sustainable Systems Aquaculture Research Center at Kentucky State University.… Continue reading

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Heat stress and beef cattle

High temperatures raise the concern of heat stress on cattle. Hot weather and high humidity can reduce breeding efficiency, milk production, feed intake, weight gains, and sometime cause death. Management can be used to reduce the problem when hot and humid weather is forecast.


Providing an adequate source of cool, clean drinking water is essential to help keep animals’ internal body temperature within normal limits. It is thought that water temperature affects rumen temperature and thus blood temperature which affects brain centers that control feed consumption. Above-ground water lines should be provided shade by having taller grass cover them. Run lines in fields or under fences that are not being currently grazed. You should at least check the water temperature in water troughs throughout the summer. Environmental temperature increases from 70 degrees F to 95 degrees F can increase total water requirements by about 2.5 times.

Grazing strategies

Producers using management intensive grazing might consider several options.… Continue reading

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Ohio cow’s breed record success comes from consistency

A mid-sized dairy in the hills of the southeast corner of Logan County is home to a cow that most producers only dream of having the privilege of owning. However, the renowned bovine that resides at the primarily Holstein operation of Henry farms is not black and white, but is instead a Brown Swiss.

Officially titled Glad Ray EJ Paris, but known as just “Paris,” the over 16-year-old cow is the current Lifetime Production Leader in milk, fat, and protein for the entire Brown Swiss breed, according to the Brown Swiss Association.

Mark Henry is the leader of the family dairy operation and is the cow’s primary owner.

“Paris is our oldest cow on the farm currently and has produced the most milk in her lifetime of any cow we’ve ever had,” he said. “She’s been here for over 12 years, she’s had eight lactations, and currently, her lifetime production numbers are 429,000 pounds of milk, 18,400 pounds of butterfat, and 14,300 pounds of protein.… Continue reading

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Beef and pork prices sky-high this summer

Retail pork prices will keep rising to record highs this summer as the number of hogs going to market over the next several months will be lower than expected because of the PED virus, smaller spring farrowings and growing foreign purchases of U.S. pork, Purdue University agricultural economist Chris Hurt said.

But he also expects the price increases to level off in the fall and move somewhat lower into the winter as producers benefiting from higher profits increase production. Although producer profits were at a record high near $70 per head in the second quarter this year, he says the record will be surpassed this summer, with third-quarter profits expected to exceed $90 per head.

“These extremely high profits are clear signals for producers to increase pork production,” said Hurt, who analyzed the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Hogs and Pigs report, released June 27. “The report did reveal that producers have received this signal, and they intend to increase farrows by 4% this fall.”… Continue reading

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FSMA should not include milk

The National Milk Producers Federation has expressed concern with efforts to impose added regulations on dairy farms under the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The measures are not warranted because milk leaving farms for further processing is not a significant public health risk from intentional adulteration, the organization wrote in comments to the Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA is reviewing comments about the FSMA law, which is the most significant change to food safety legislation in many years. Part of the scope of FSMA is to enhance the safety protocols around foods that may be subject to intentional adulteration, by terrorists looking to threaten or injure people, or cause economic harm to certain companies or industries.

“We disagree with the premise that on-farm milk destined for pasteurization is a high-risk food,” said Beth Briczinski, NMPF’s Vice President of Dairy Foods and Nutrition.

Raw fluid milk for pasteurization moves among various regions of the country and is in constant flux to meet specific processing demands.… Continue reading

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Coalition sends letter on WTO COOL case

In a letter sent to leaders of the House and Senate agriculture committees, the COOL Reform Coalition, a group of 61 food and agricultural organizations, including the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), expressed its concern over the pending outcome of a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling on the U.S. Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) in a case brought to the WTO court by Canada and Mexico. The decision by the WTO dispute settlement panel is expected to be delivered to the parties soon. The coalition fears that a final WTO determination that the COOL regulation violates U.S. international trade obligations likely will have a negative effect on the U.S. economy.

The letter explains that such a decision by the WTO would authorize Canada and Mexico to impose retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods, including agriculture products, restricting exports and ultimately killing U.S. jobs. Canada, the second largest export market for U.S.… Continue reading

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