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Grants support beef advocacy in Ohio

Ohio Bits: Andersons buys Mote Farm Service; steer show raises money for Ronald McDonald House Charities; top Angus producers named.

October 20, 2022

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BEEF ADVOCACY: The Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation is excited to announce the creation of the Beef Industry Fellowship grant that will be awarded to two people who show promising leadership potential.Jennifer Kiel

A new fellowship is being offered for young Ohio cattlemen interested in becoming immersed in Ohio’s beef industry through advocacy and involvement.

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation (OCF) is excited to announce the creation of the Beef Industry Fellowship grant that will be awarded to two people who show promising leadership potential.

The BIF grant is a $1,500 in-kind grant offered after recipients experience six specified industry events and volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Upon their involvement, they will receive the $1,500 grant, which will be used toward registration and travel expenses associated with their trip to the 2024 National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) Convention in Orlando, Fla.

Any young cattle producer passionate about the industry is welcome to apply. There are no age restrictions, but an individual most own or be involved in a cattle operation in Ohio and can successfully complete the following experiences:

  • Attend the 2023 OCA Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet on Jan. 14. (Registration fees and hotel expenses are covered by the grant.)

  • Serve on one of the following OCA committees and be an active, contributing committee member: OCA Membership Committee, Ohio Beef Expo Junior Show Committee, Ohio Beef Expo Trade Show Committee, or the Cattlemen’s Gala Committee.

  • Take part in the Cattlemen at the Capitol event on Feb. 7.

  • Attend the Young Cattlemen’s Conference in August 2023. (Registration fees and hotel are covered by the grant.)

  • Attend the 2023 Cattlemen’s Gala on Aug. 26. (Ticket price is covered by the grant.)

  • Volunteer at least eight hours at the Cattlemen’s Steak Barn (either at the Ohio State Fair or Farm Science Review).

The BIF grant application is open and will close Nov. 30. Recipients will be notified by Dec. 15. For more information about the BIF grant, or any of the events associated with the grant, visit ohiocattle.org.

The Andersons buying Mote Farm Service

The Andersons Inc. recently signed an agreement to buy the assets of Mote Farm Service Inc.

“We are excited to expand our retail farm center network,” said Joe McNeely, president of The Andersons Nutrient and Industrial. “The purchase supports our strategy to be the Midwest’s premier provider of plant nutrients and agronomy services. We are looking forward to this opportunity to provide enhanced grower-focused solutions to eastern Indiana and western Ohio.”

The purchase will include Mote’s Union City, Ind., and Harrisville, Ind., locations.

Dean’s Charity Steer Show raises money

Final donations have been tallied, and $247,148 was raised by the Dean’s Charity Steer Show for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio.

Held at the Ohio State Fair’s Cooper Arena, the event is focused on youth who benefit from the Ronald McDonald House, which is the sole beneficiary of the funds, as well as the 4-H youth who provide their expertise and steers for the event.

Each year, RMHC provides more than 82,000 nights of food and rest to families of seriously ill children. The charity steer show included 11 celebrity exhibitors, paired with media personalities, a 4-H member and their steer. Everyone donated their time to raise money and compete for bragging rights in front of a large crowd of supporters.

Show winners were:

Best Steer. Team Nationwide (Dale Minyo, Kirt Walker, and Madisyn Brandt)

Showmanship Award. Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Team Bill and Ty’s Excellent Adventure (Ty Higgins, Bill Patterson and Rachel O’Reilly)

Best Dressed. Team Jumanji’s Speed-steers (Cameron Fontana, Rick Ricart and Karissa Treadway)

People’s Choice. Team Milk Face Majesty (Angela An, Tom Feeney and Owen Bailey)

The new Grand Champion award for lead fundraiser went to Team Nationwide (Dale Minyo, Kirt Walker and Madisyn Brandt).

Top 10 Ohio Angus producers

The 10 producers who registered the most Angus beef cattle in Ohio recorded a total of 1,594 Angus with the American Angus Association during fiscal 2022, which ended Sept. 30, says Mark McCully, association CEO.

The 10 top recorders in Ohio are OHC Angus, South Charleston; Maplecrest Farms, Hillsboro; Way View Cattle Co. LLC, Hebron; Optum Angus LLC, Seaman; Chippewa Valley Angus Farms LLC, Rittman; BLLB Farm's LLC, Jackson; Burgett Angus Farm LLC, Carrollton; Shamrock Vale Farms, Kensington; Scioto Valley Angus, McArthur; and Beverly Wagner, HamiltonAngus.

Breeders across the nation in 2022 registered 304,822 head of Angus cattle. “Our association members lead the industry in adopting new technology and breeding the most problem-free cattle for their customers,” McCully said. “Cattlemen across the country continue to find registered Angus seedstock are the most profitable option for their herd.”

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