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2012 Ohio Beef Expo highlights More than 30,000 people gathered for


the 25th Ohio Beef Expo held at the Ohio Expo Center last month where those in the beef industry in Ohio, and across the nation, get the chance to learn and enhance their businesses and operations through exhibition and sales. The weekend began with Ohio


Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels addressing exhibitors on Friday during the opening ceremony. Exhibitors who have attended the Ohio Beef Expo since its start in 1988, includ- ing AgriCommunicators, the parent com- pany of Ohio’s Country Journal, were rec- ognized for their 25 years of participa- tion. Also in attendance were the first Expo chairman Jim Rentz of Coldwater, Ohio, and 1988 OCA president Henry Bergfeld of Summitville, Ohio. The trade show, opening Friday


morning, featured 105 vendors from 15 states. Umbarger Show Feeds was select- ed as the premier large booth exhibitor; and Kalmbach Feeds was selected as the premier small booth exhibitor. In addi- tion, seven breed shows and three breed parades were featured Friday, as well as numerous breed displays. The Genetic Pathway, in the upper hall of the


Voinovich Livestock and Trade Center, had the industry’s most popular sires and donor prospects on display through- out the weekend. The seven breed sales were the focus


of most of the attention on Saturday. More than 325 lots were sold with an average price of $3,279 and a gross of $1,065,525. The top selling bull at the Beef Expo was a Chianina for $22,000 fol- lowed closely by a Limousin for $20,000. The top selling female was a Maine Anjou for $18,500, then a Limousin for $10,000. Three cattlemen were honored for


their loyal support of the Expo with the 2012 Friends of the Ohio Beef Expo Award. The recipients, Steve Rauch of Montgomery County, Gale Long of Preble County and Dave Puthoff of Mercer County, were chosen for their time and dedication in contributing to the success of the Expo. For junior exhibitors, Friday afternoon


began with educational seminars and a welcome party, followed by the first showmanship competition that evening. Events continued Saturday with beef quality assurance training, a second showmanship contest, and a judging


Eric McCauley, from Cambridge, sells his Maine-Anjou bull.


contest that included 275 participants. The junior portion wrapped up Sunday with the market animal show and heifer show with a combined total of more than 630 head from across the state. Volunteers were also busy signing up


members at the OCA membership booth. During the event, OCA signed up and renewed more than 200 memberships including NCBA memberships. Visit the photo page at www.ocj.com for more from the event.


Logan Shell, 12 years old, from Fairfield County, had the champion Chianina steer.


Mallory Peter, 10 years old, from Defiance County showed her market heifer in class 9.


The judge liked this shorthorn heifer from Richards Show Stock in Wood County.


Mike Wells, from Portage County, shows this Mini Hereford Bull from ATI in Wooster.


Eli Kinley, 13 years old, from Wyandot County, prepares for the show ring with his market steer.


Grant Helsinger, 8 years old, helped out by leading this heifer calf for Hill and Hollow Farms in Darke County.


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