Ohio Cattlemen’s Association BEST program to kick off season – Ohio Ag Net
The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) is delighted to kick off the 2020-21 BEST (Beef Exhibitor Show Total) season with the following sponsor partners: AgPro Companies and John Deere, Bob Evans Farms, Farm Credit Mid-America, Frazier Farms , MH Eby, Inc., Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, D&E Electric – The Young Family, Weaver Leather Livestock, Dickinson Cattle Company, The Folks Printing, Jones Show Cattle, and RD Jones Excavating.
BEST is an OCA youth development program that recognizes junior Ohio beef exhibitors for their participation and ranking through a series of sanctioned livestock shows that include staging competitions, contests educational and leadership opportunities.
Juniors who participate in these sanctioned shows earn points for their ranking. Points are calculated for Cattle, Staging, Registered Breed and Owned Animals, and First or Second Year BEST participants in a separate Novice Division for Market Animals, Heifers, and Staging.
Additionally, there is a separate point division for cattle raised, born and raised in Ohio – the Buckeye Breeders Series (BBS). BBS will replace the old Best of the Buckeye program and run throughout the BEST show season with increased recognition opportunities for BBS breeders and exhibitors. BBS breeders will be entered into a draw to win the one-year use of a John Deere gator, sponsored by Ag-Pro Companies and John Deere, and BBS exhibitors will be entered to win the one-year use of a John Deere gator. ‘an EBY cattle trailer, sponsored by MH EBY. Winners will be drawn at the BEST Awards Banquet in May.
All points are compiled and posted on the association’s website at www.ohiocattle.org.
As the BEST program prepares to kick off its season, program management has continued to focus on maintaining a safe and healthy environment. Masks should be worn in all public spaces and social distancing will be in place at all shows. Exhibitors may only be accompanied by members of their immediate family and spectators will be prohibited. Additionally, all exhibitors will be required to sign a single agreement as an additional COVID security measure. More information on the program’s COVID security plan can be found on the OCA website.
Exhibitors must have a $ 75 OCA family membership to participate in the BEST program or to attend one of the BEST sanctioned shows. A one-time nomination fee of $ 60 per head will also be required to be part of the BEST program.
The OCA BEST 2020-21 season is as follows:
- AGR Alumni Holiday Classic – Circleville, Ohio – December 12-13
- Scarlet & Gray Midwest Showdown – Springfield, Ohio – January 2-3
- The Weekend Spectacular – Marion, Ohio – January 16-17
- Clark County Cattle Battle – Springfield, Ohio – January 30-31
- DTS Cupid Classic – Springfield, Ohio – February 13-14
- Holmes County Snapshot – Millersburg, Ohio – March 6-7
- Ohio Beef Expo – Columbus, Ohio – March 19-21
- BEST Awards Banquet – Columbus, Ohio – May 1
The Stockmanship division will continue with new competitions for this year. This division of the BEST program allows young people to participate in the BEST program without showing an animal. It expands BEST participants’ knowledge of livestock and offers young people the opportunity to showcase their skills and talents outside of the show ring.
Registration for the first three Stockmanship competitions will be included in the BEST nomination fee. The last two competitions will have additional registration fees. Individuals can enroll in the Stockmanship program at any time of the season. Stockmanship participants can enter contests on the OCA website.
Here are the 2020-2021 procurement competitions:
- Public Speaking – held at the Scarlet & Gray Midwest Showdown – Saturday January 2, 2021
- Sales – held at Weekend Spectacular – Saturday January 16, 2021
- Editing competition – held at DTS Cupid Classic – Sunday February 14, 2021
- Judging Competition – held at the Ohio Beef Expo – Friday March 29, 2021
In addition to shows and competitions, the BEST program emphasizes developing an atmosphere of character and leadership. The program’s annual community service efforts and Character Trait Awards help develop exceptional leaders in and out of the ring.
This year’s community service partner is the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio (RMHC). BEST attendees are encouraged to collect pop tabs, volunteer at OMRM, and participate in Celebrity Showdown. The Celebrity Showdown will take place on Friday, January 30, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. at the Champion’s Center in Springfield in conjunction with the Clark County Cattle Battle. All pop tabs collected by BEST attendees go to the BEST Awards Banquet where the best collector will be honored.
OCA and its sponsoring partner, Weaver Livestock, have teamed up to recognize individuals who demonstrate extraordinary character, regardless of their age. Any OCA member, BEST participant or their parents may nominate other breeders, breeders and exhibitors for any of the trait awards that will be awarded at the end of the nomination period. Nominations for traits for the 2020-21 season will begin at www.ohiocattle.org on December 12 and will end on April 1, 2021. Applications will be reviewed by a committee and awarded at the BEST Program Awards Banquet.
ALL cattle shown in a BEST sanctioned show MUST be tagged with an Electronic Identification (EID) ear tag prior to arriving at their first BEST show. To obtain farm EID tags, exhibitors must first obtain a site identification number through the state Department of Agriculture – Animal Division. Once the site ID is received, contact an animal health product distributor and purchase EID tags. Visit best.ohiocattle.org to learn more about requesting a farm site ID before ordering EID tags.
TOP nominations and ALL show entries must be made online at best.ohiocattle.org. The website is now open for the 2020-21 BEST season. Each exhibitor, BEST and non-BEST, will create a unique user account and register their livestock with this account. Exhibitors who have participated in the program in previous years can keep their existing username and password. Exhibitors can complete this part of the registration process now and trade show registrations can be made from the Monday before each BEST trade show until registration closes for each event.
The program concludes with an annual awards banquet held in May, during which over 275 awards will be presented, valued at over $ 100,000. All BEST participants who register for the program will receive a registration gift as a special incentive. Additionally, Sponsoring Partner MH Eby rewards a lucky BEST participant for using a cattle trailer for one year at the awards banquet. BEST attendees earn a ticket to the trailer design each time they display a nominated animal at a BEST sanctioned show. First- or second-year novice participants also participate in a novice-only drawing for a grooming drop, donated by Weaver Leather Livestock.
For the 2020-21 show schedule or for more information on the BEST program, visit www.ohiocattle.org/best or contact the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association at 614-873-6736 or email [email protected] Be sure to join the OCA BEST program Facebook group for updates and current information.