OFBF sponsors Cattlemen’s BEST program

Buckeye Farm News

OFBF has joined Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, Green Oak Farm and MAC Trailer as new sponsors of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association’s (OCA) BEST program.

The BEST program, now in its 10th year, is a youth development program recognizing Ohio’s junior beef exhibitors through a series of sanctioned steer and heifer shows that include showmanship competition. BEST provides participants with education and leadership development opportunities through cattle shows, educational sessions, leadership conferences and essay and photography competitions. Those participating in the sanctioned shows earn points for their placings, which are tracked at www.ohiocattle.org.

OFBF will also provide a $5 discount per household on a one-time BEST nomination to all BEST participants who are Farm Bureau members.

“(The sponsors’) tremendous support of the BEST program will allow the program to continue to grow and recognize even larger numbers of Ohio’s beef industry youth,” said OCA President Mike Carper.

Nearly 300 industry youth and 400 head of cattle participated in the 2007-2008 program.

For more information on the BEST program, including a complete show schedule and exhibitor rules, visit the OCA Web site www.ohiocattle.org or contact the association office at (614) 873-6736.

Lynn Snyder 

Lynn Snyder is senior director of communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.