With their sights set on the future, there will be plenty of educational opportunities presented during the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Roundup August 17 and 18.
Registration will begin on Friday, August 17 at the Certified Angus Beef Education & Culinary Center, located at 344 Riffel Road, Wooster, with a 6:30 p.m. dinner and social hosted by Certified Angus Beef LLC to follow.
The Friday evening event will feature a night of fun at the new Certified Angus Beef Education & Culinary Center, where patrons will not only dine, but will also have an opportunity to tour the new facility designed to help chefs and grocery stores learn about beef grading, fabrication and cooking methods and ultimately sell more beef. It will also be a chance to connect with fellow cattlemen and women and for patrons to try their own hand at meat judging and learn about new fabrication methods being used in the industry.
Saturday, August 18 will have registration and an OCA Allied Industry Council Trade Show, with coffee and donuts sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health, at Shisler Conference Center at OARDC, located at 1625 Wilson Road in Wooster.
At 9 a.m. there will be an OCA Roundup Program. Featured speakers include Glen Dolezal of Cargill Meat Solutions. Dolezal’s responsibilities include new technology and communication for sales and marketing, corporate beef grading, and beef tenderness. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas A&M University, and a doctorate from Colorado State University. A former instructor and professor at Texas A&M and Oklahoma State University, he has experience with live animal and carcass evaluation, meat selection and meat judging.
The second speaker will be J.D. Alexander, president, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA).
Alexander, a cattleman from Pilger, Neb., owns Alexander Cattle & Farms, a 2,000 acre corn, soybean and alfalfa farm that markets approximately 15,000 head of cattle per year. He is currently serving as the 2012 NCBA president. Alexander has long been active in cattlemen’s issues and organizations.
The final speaker will be Dr. Ron Kensinger, chair of the OSU Department of Animal Sciences.
At 11 a.m., there will be an auction to benefit NCBA PAC, featuring two tickets to the OSU vs. Michigan football game Nov. 24 in Columbus.
At 11:30 a.m., lunch will be provided and patrons may tour the Cargill Feed Milling Plant. Lunch features a rib eye steak dinner catered by Turk Brothers with assistance by the Ashland County Cattlemen’s Association.
Cargill’s Wooster feed plant is a state of the art facility manufacturing 50,000 annual tons of Nutrena bagged feeds for all species and custom bulk rations for commercial operations. The 2011 Feed Mill of the Year by the American Feed Industry Association is located at 1203 Timken Road in Wooster.
Beginning at 1:30 p.m., it will be off to the OARDC Beef & Sheep Centers, where Dr. Francis Fluharty and Dr. Steve Loerch will present an update about ongoing beef feedlot research aimed at developing methods to increase the level of dried distillers grains and solubles (DDGS) in growing and finishing diets for beef cattle.
Rory Lewandowski, OSU Extension Educator Wayne County, will discuss how to improve beef cattle profitability through forage management. The presentation will focus on how to better utilize and manage pasture and hay resources within a beef cattle production system to improve the bottom line.
Two other tours are also included on the agenda. The first will be of Acker Farms at 2:30 p.m.
Acker Farms, owned by the Dave Acker family, along with son Chad, has 150 commercial cows that are mated to Limousin bulls. The majority of the cows are spring calving, with another 30 calving in the fall.
The farm practices rotational grazing with various paddocks available for use. Acker Farms has been innovative in leasing bulls produced on their farm to local cattlemen. As a result they have recently started purchasing calves sired by their bulls from area farmers. The farm is located at 4939 Millbrook Road near Wooster.
The tour then concludes at 4 p.m. with a tour of Paint Valley Farms (PVF).
Paint Valley Farms is located in the rolling hills of western Holmes County and was started in 2006 by the Lee Miller family. What began with the purchase of a single registered Shorthorn heifer as a junior show project has now evolved into a herd of 60 head of registered Shorthorn cows. Today Lee and Dawn Miller and their four children still enjoy showing cattle at local, state and national shows. PVF maintains 30 spring calving and 30 fall calving cows and uses AI, embryo transfer and the services of herd sires to build the foundation cow herd that is focused on functional, maternal genetics.
The farm is located at 10550 TR 262 west of Millersburg.
Snacks and refreshments will be available, sponsored by First National Bank of Orrville.
Space is limited, so plan to register early. To register or to get more in-depth information on the event, visit their website at: http://ohiocattle.org/announcements/oca-summer-roundup.
Published: July 29, 2012