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Ohio Cattlemen’s Roundup Tours Belmont County Aug. 24-25

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DATE
Aug. 24, 2013 - Aug. 25, 2013

LOCATION
Young’s Cattle Company
Belmont, OH

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) invites all who have an interest in Ohio’s cattle industry to eastern Ohio for this year's Roundup, Aug. 24-25, featuring farm tours, sessions with industry leaders, great food, music and time with fellow cattlemen.

Roundup begins Saturday evening, Aug. 24, at the Belmont County Fairgrounds with a steak dinner at 7 p.m., prepared by the Ohio Valley Cattlemen’s Association, and music from National Pike Pickers and special guest Joann Jones at 8 p.m.

Sunday morning registration begins at 8 a.m. at Young’s Cattle Company, Belmont, Ohio, with coffee and donuts available at the farm with a devotional service at 8:30 a.m.

Colin Woodall, NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs, kicks off the Roundup program, sponsored by Farm Credit Mid-America, at 9 a.m. Woodall will speak on the "State of the Beef Industry," including a legislative update on the Farm Bill and the new Animal Disease Traceability program, as well as other issues important to cattle producers. Woodall serves as NCBA’s chief lobbyist on Capitol Hill and leads the Washington office in developing strategies to ensure that the cattle industry’s voice is being heard by policy makers.

Rick Young and John Spiker, DVM and auctioneer, will discuss feeder calf marketing and the significance of successful preconditioning programs. They will provide an overview of various vaccination programs available to cattlemen and also discuss the importance of ensuring calves reach the correct weights for a targeted market.

OCA will provide an update on programs and activities, and Ohio Beef Council staff will give details on how Ohio beef checkoff dollars are invested.

Following lunch, provided by Muskingum Livestock Auction Co. of Zanesville with assistance from the Muskingum County Cattlemen’s Association, will be two farm tours.

Young's Cattle Company, owned by Rick and Jayne Young, is located in Belmont County on ground that was surface mined for coal and then reclaimed for farming. Today the farm is largely a backgrounding operation. The Youngs move about 13,000 head of feeder cattle annually. These calves are purchased from surrounding farmers in a tri-state area, backgrounded and grouped to be shipped to western feedlots. The farm was a national finalist in the 2009 National Cattlemen’s Foundation’s Environmental Stewardship Award program. They also received the 2009 OCA Environmental Stewardship Award and were named OCA Commercial Cattlemen of the Year in 2007.

Dutton Farms, owned by John and Rita Dutton of Flushing, Ohio, is forage-based and operates as a stocker-grazer operation. The Duttons typically graze 500 to 600 head of cattle each year on nearly 700 acres of pasture. Some of the farm’s more recent improvements include building over 29,000 feet of fence, not including line fences, to divide the pasture into 23 separate fields. In addition, the Duttons have installed extensive water lines and watering systems. An added feature to this tour stop will be the shale drilling equipment and well site that will be in place during Roundup.

Registration deadline for this event is Aug. 9, and the cost is $25 for OCA members and $35 for non-OCA members. All registrations at the door will be $35. Registration cost for the Saturday night dinner and social is $15. For more information about the Roundup or to register call the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association at (614) 873-6736 or email beef@ohiobeef.org. A full description of the schedule of events and a registration form can also be found at www.ohiocattle.org/announcements/oca-summer-roundup.

OCA appreciates the support from sponsors: Animal Health International, Bayer Animal Health, Boehringer Ingelheim, Green Valley Co-op/Purina Animal Nutrition, Merck, Merial Animal Health, and Zoetis Animal Health. Water Wagon Sponsored by: Biozyme VitaFerm - Don Cooper and Cody Sankey.

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association is an affiliate of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and is the state’s spokesperson and issues manager for all segments of the beef cattle industry including cattle breeders, producers and feeders. It is the grass roots policy development organization for the beef business. Through the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, cattle producers work to create a positive business environment, while providing consumers with a safe and wholesome product.



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