OCA offers opportunities for breeders and youth

Wayne County Champion Steer
Brooke Hayhurst's 1,330-pound champion steer sold for $4.75 per pound to Dianna Hatfield, for HAD Drilling Construction. Also pictured is Kyle Piscione.

MARYSVILLE, Ohio —The Best of the Buckeye Program, hosted by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA), provides Ohio breeders an opportunity to showcase their quality cattle and encourage youth participation in the Ohio Beef Expo and/or the Ohio State Fair.


The program awards up to $15,000 in participant and academic scholarships. A $500 participant scholarship offsets the cost of purchasing, raising and exhibiting a Best of the Buckeye nominated calf.

Scholarships will be awarded to less-experienced participants, ages 8-21, with consideration given to the applicant’s financial need. Applications are due Jan. 15, 2016. Academic scholarships will be offered to youth pursuing a post-high school degree Ag related degree. Scholarships will be based on academics and extracurricular activities.

Eligible participants are high school juniors through 21 years of age as of Jan. 1, 2016. Applicants are also required to submit an essay with the topic being posted on the OCA website. Deadline for application is June 15, 2016 and scholarships will be presented at the Ohio State Fair.

Breeding award

The Best of the Buckeye program will recognize top-placing Ohio bred, born and registered calves, along with the breeder and exhibitor, in each breed division at the two shows.

Eligible cattle must be registered, bred and born in Ohio. Eligible breeders and exhibitors must be OCA members and exhibitors must be Ohio residents and meet the age requirements for the Ohio Beef Expo and/or Ohio State Fair junior shows.

Additional requirements, exhibitor rules, last year’s show results and more details are available at www.ohiocattle.org/Youth/best-of-the-buckeye or by contacting the OCA office at, 614-873-6736.

Breeders can request a Best of the Buckeye logo for use in printed and digital promotion of eligible cattle by emailing beef@ohiobeef.org.


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