MARYSVILLE -- The Ohio Cattlemen's Association (OCA) hosted the Best of the Buckeye show at the Ohio Beef Expo on Sunday, March 20 during the junior show. The Best of the Buckeye program is coordinated by OCA and held in conjunction with the Ohio Beef Expo and Ohio State Fair.

The Expo had a strong show with more than 215 head of cattle nominated by youth and breeders, adding more registered animals to the show and doubling the number of classes for several breeds.

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 provides Ohio seedstock breeders with an enhanced marketing opportunity for Ohio bred, born and registered steers and heifers, creates a source of more moderately priced show steers and heifers by providing a program with awards and prestige, and attracts new participants interested in showing at the Ohio Beef Expo and/or the Ohio State Fair.

This year's generous sponsors are Garwood Cattle Co., heifer division; Jones Show Cattle and R.D. Jones Excavating, steer division; and Franklin Equipment, scholarship division. $45,000 will be presented between the two shows in the form of premiums, scholarships and awards. 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. OCA would like to thank these sponsors for contributing to a successful second year of the Best of the Buckeye program. The local winners of the Ohio Beef Expo event were as follows:

Third Overall Shorthorn Plus Steer

Exhibitor: Kyle Hinds, Newcomerstown

Breeder: Mike Clark, Covington

Total premium: $100

The Ohio Cattlemen's Association is a non-profit membership organization that represents the business interests and way of life important to farm families that raise cattle. It serves as the voice and issues manager for all of Ohio's beef cattle business including cattle breeders, producers and feeders. It is the beef industry's grassroots policy development organization and is an affiliate of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.

The Ohio Cattlemen's Association strives to maintain profitability and growth of Ohio's beef industry, while providing consumers with safe and wholesome beef.

Third Overall Simmental Steer

Exhibitor: Abbey Kellish, Newcomerstown

Breeder: John Adams, South Vienna

Total premium: $117