Kelsey Shope with Champion Angus Heifer
TOP ANGUS HEIFER: Kelsey Shope of McDermott, Scioto County, showed this heifer that garnered the title as Champion Angus Heifer. The breeder was Maplecrest Farms of Hillsboro, Highland County.

Best of the Buckeye Program showcases breeders and exhibitors

More than 230 head were nominated by youth and breeders for the event.

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association hosted the Best of the Buckeye on March 18 during the Ohio Beef Expo. The event featured more than 230 head nominated by youth and breeders. The Best of the Buckeye program is coordinated by OCA and held in conjunction with the Ohio Beef Expo and Ohio State Fair.  

The program recognizes top Ohio bred, born and registered calves, along with the breeder and exhibitor, in each breed division at the two shows. Best of the Buckeye is designed to provide Ohio seedstock breeders with an enhanced marketing opportunity for Ohio steers and heifers. It also creates a source of more moderately priced show steers and heifers by providing a program with awards and prestige, and it attracts new participants interested in showing at the Ohio Beef Expo or the Ohio State Fair, organizers say.

A new breeder recognition category was added for the 2018 program. All nominating breeders will be recognized on the website at ohiocattle.org, and they will also be recognized for their honors achieved with the cattle they sell and nominate for the program. All participating breeders are invited to attend the first Best of the Buckeye Breeder Reception preceding the Cattlemen’s Gala on Aug. 25 at Leeds Farm in Ostrander, Ohio.

This year’s sponsoring partners are The Folks Printing and Dickson Cattle Company, heifer division; Jones Show Cattle and R.D. Jones Excavating, steer division; Ohio Ag Equipment and Ohio Cat, scholarship division and Sullivan Supply and Stock Show University, breeder recognition. Thanks to these generous sponsors, $60,000 will be given through premiums at each show, scholarships and awards for both participants and breeders. Every winning Best of the Buckeye exhibitor received a basic premium of $300 for champion, $200 for reserve champion and $100 for third overall. Ohio breed associations also contributed additional premiums.

The local winners of the Ohio Beef Expo event were as follows:

Heifers
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Champion Angus Heifer
Breeder: Maplecrest Farms, Hillsboro, Ohio — Highland County
Exhibitor: Kelsey Shope, McDermott, Ohio — Scioto County
Total Premium: $500

• Champion Chianina Heifer
Breeder: Garwood Cattle Company, LLC, Columbiana, Ohio — Columbiana County
Exhibitor: Kathy Lehman, Shelby, Ohio — Richland County
Total Premium: $300

• Champion Hereford Heifer
Breeder: Jim Herman, Edgerton, Ohio — Williams County
Exhibitor: Maddox Cupp, Lancaster, Ohio — Fairfield County
Total Premium: $300

• Champion High % Maine-Anjou Heifer
Breeder: Jones Show Cattle, Harrod, Ohio — Allen County
Exhibitor: Samantha VanVorhis, Bowling Green, Ohio — Wood County
Total Premium: $300

• Champion MaineTainer Heifer
Breeder: Green Oak Farms, New Paris, Ohio — Preble County
Exhibitor: Chris Tooms, New Concord, Ohio — Muskingum County
Total Premium: $300

• Champion Shorthorn Heifer
Breeder: Ben Harner, Xenia, Ohio — Greene County
Exhibitor: Caroline Winter, Ashville, Ohio — Pickaway County
Total Premium: $300

• Champion ShorthornPlus Heifer
Breeder: Brandee Painter, Hebron, Ohio — Licking County
Exhibitor: Abigail Thornton, Amanda, Ohio — Fairfield County
Total Premium: $300

• Champion Purebred Simmental Heifer
Breeder: Jones Show Cattle, Harrod, Ohio — Allen County
Exhibitor: Samantha VanVorhis, Bowling Green, Ohio — Wood County
Total Premium: $300

• Champion % Simmental Heifer
Breeder: Jones Show Cattle, Harrod, Ohio — Allen County
Exhibitor: Caitlin Schaub, Wapakoneta, Ohio — Auglaize County
Total Premium: $300

• Champion Miniature Heifer
Breeder: 4 Wiley Farm, Mt. Vernon, Ohio — Morrow County
Exhibitor: Isaac Wiley, Mt. Vernon, Ohio — Morrow County
Total Premium: $300

• Champion High % AOB Heifer
Breeder: VanHorn Farms, Malta, Ohio — Morgan County
Exhibitor: Hudson Drake, Chillicothe, Ohio — Ross County
Total Premium: $300

• Champion Low % AOB Heifer
Breeder: STJ Ruffing Cattle Company, Republic, Ohio — Seneca County
Exhibitor: Claire French, Wakeman, Ohio — Huron County
Total Premium: $300

Steers
Champion Angus Steer
Breeder: Ron & Tonya Kreis, Adamsville, Ohio — Muskingum County
Exhibitor: Erica Snook, Caldwell, Ohio — Noble County
Total Premium: $500

• Champion Chianina Steer
Breeder: Grauer Show Cattle, Shiloh, Ohio — Richland County
Exhibitor: Hudson Drake, Chillicothe, Ohio — Ross County
Total Premium: $300

• Champion Hereford Steer
Breeder: Hill & Hollow Farms, Bradford, Ohio — Darke County
Exhibitor: Ross Michael, Germantown, Ohio — Montgomery County
Total Premium: $300

• Champion Maine-Anjou Steer
Breeder: Agle Family Cattle, South Vienna, Ohio — Clark County
Exhibitor: Garret Agle, South Vienna, Ohio — Clark County
Total Premium: $300

• Champion Shorthorn Steer
Breeder: Muhlenkamp Show Cattle, Celina, Ohio — Mercer County
Exhibitor: Taylor Muhlenkamp, Celina, Ohio — Mercer County
Total Premium: $300

• Champion ShorthornPlus Steer
Breeder: Valerie Graham, Frazeysburg, Ohio — Licking County
Exhibitor: Alicia Graham, Frazeysburg, Ohio — Licking County
Total Premium: $300

• Champion Simmental Steer
Breeder: Miller Family Show Cattle, West Unity, Ohio — Williams County
Exhibitor: Grant Belleville, Bowling Green, Ohio — Wood County
Total Premium: $300

• Champion Miniature Steer
Breeder: Richie Souvenier, RDS Herefords, Weston, Ohio — Wood County
Exhibitor: Noah Smith, Fremont, Ohio — Sandusky County
Total Premium: $300

• Champion AOB Steer
Breeder: Lawrence Family Cattle, Hebron, Ohio — Licking County
Exhibitor: Sydney Sanders, Leesburg, Ohio — Higland County
Total Premium: $300

Source: OCA

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