Rules

2016-2017 OCA BEST Show Rules

View a Printable Version of the BEST Rules here. 

1.   Exhibitor Eligibility

      Only Ohio residents who are eight years old as of January 1, 2017 but are not older than 21 years of age as of January 1, 2017 are eligible to accumulate OCA BEST points. Anyone who has reached 22 years of age before 1/1/17 is ineligible. To be eligible for the BEST program participants and their immediate family members must be in good financial standing with OCA. Good financial standing includes but is not limited to prior year’s unpaid accounts with OCA or any BEST sanctioned show or unpaid accounts resulting from a BEST rule violation. All prior unpaid accounts must be paid in full prior to making BEST nominations. BEST participants must continue to be in good financial standing with OCA and each BEST sanctioned show throughout the program year to be eligible to receive BEST awards and to be listed in the BEST final points. The BEST Committee reserves the right to place BEST participants on a cash only basis at all BEST sanctioned shows based upon past violations of this rule.

2.   BEST Nomination Fee & Show Entry Fees

      To receive BEST points, OCA BEST participants must pay a $45.00 per head nomination fee. This is a one-time nomination fee for the show season. To participate in BEST, exhibitors must complete their BEST nominations through the website best.ohiocattle.org. BEST nominations may be paid with a credit card at the time that the online nomination is made. Nominations may also be made at any BEST sanctioned shows throughout the season. OCA BEST exhibitors must nominate their animals for the OCA BEST program prior to the start of the first show from which they wish to receive points. When show entries close, all BEST nominations for that particular show close as well. Show entry fees will be discounted $5 per entry for BEST participants at each BEST sanctioned show. Show entry fees are non-refundable if the BEST committee or show disqualifies the animal or exhibitor.

3.   OCA Membership

      To receive BEST points, the OCA BEST exhibitor and/or their family must also be current members of OCA. The OCA membership must be in the name of the BEST participant’s immediate family. Immediate family is defined as a membership in the parents’ name or the membership has the same address of record as the BEST participant. For new OCA BEST participants, the OCA membership must be paid at the time the BEST nomination is made. For renewing OCA members, all BEST participants will be required to have a current year OCA membership paid in full by January 1, 2017 to remain in the program and to continue earning BEST points, and to be listed in the final point standings and be eligible for awards. OCA memberships are family memberships and operate on the calendar year. Base dues for OCA are $60.00. If more than one junior within a family participates in the BEST program, only one OCA membership is required. 

4.   Show Your Own Animal for BEST Points

      To receive BEST points, animals must be shown by their owner. An exception is made if the BEST participant owns two or more animals that are in the same class, or has two different animals that are both showing simultaneously in adjacent rings. In these two scenarios another junior may exhibit the second animal and the participant would still receive BEST points for both animals. When the class conflict is over and for championship drives, the actual BEST participant must return to showing their own animal to retain the points earned. It is the BEST participant’s responsibility to inform the OCA staff person or BEST Committee member in charge of the class conflict as it happens, not after the show.

      BEST participants that are physically unable to show their animal may ask another junior who meets the age requirements for the BEST program to show their animal, but the unable BEST participant must be present at the show to earn OCA BEST points. If the BEST participant becomes ill after the cattle have arrived at a show and been checked-in, another junior who meets the age requirements for the BEST program, may show their animal(s). The BEST participant must seek prior approval from the BEST Committee and the BEST participant must have been at the show, hotel and/or left home with the cattle. Should a BEST participant become ill and stay home prior to the cattle leaving for a show, then no BEST points will be awarded to the participant’s cattle. Family emergencies are at the BEST Committee’s discretion, but the participant must seek prior approval for BEST points to count. The BEST Committee reserves the right to use discretion in administering this rule regarding situations not already covered. All decisions by the BEST Committee on points associated with showing your own animal shall be final.  

5.   Sanctioned Show Requirements

      A sanctioned show must be open to all OCA BEST exhibitors but is not limited to them. A sanctioned show may be open to the world, but only OCA BEST members will accumulate points. Show schedules regarding double rings, heifers, steers and showmanship will be up to the discretion of each BEST show. All BEST exhibitors will receive a $5 per entry discount on their fees at each BEST show. 

6.   Cattle Age Requirements

      Steers & Market Heifers born on or after January 1, of 2016. Heifers born on or after September 1, 2015. 

7.   Breed Class Qualifications

      BEST show participants may provide breed registrations electronically at the time of check in. Although electronic papers are permitted, exhibitors are encouraged to have registration papers in hand at time of check in. All registrations meeting their national junior show breed association’s eligibility requirements will be accepted. No copies will be accepted. The animal’s registration must be in the name of the junior exhibitor who is exhibiting the animal. For BEST points, no family farm names will be permitted. At the first three (3) BEST sanctioned shows; Heart of it All, AGR Holiday Classic and the Scarlet & Gray Midwest Showdown, BEST participants, who have not received their completed registrations, may still nominate their animals as a declared breed. (i.e. – if you have a Hereford steer and declare his breed at the Heart of it All, either a completed registration paper or electronic registration must be given to BEST officials at AGR) Proof of registration MUST be provided at the BEST sanctioned show immediately following the show where the animal’s breed was declared whether or not you exhibit cattle at the show. Failure to do so will result in the animal being dropped from the BEST point standings; additionally, any showmanship points garnered with the animal will be forfeited. Once proof of registration is provided on animals dropped from the program, the animal may be re-nominated for the BEST program and start collecting points; however, no points accumulated prior to providing proof of registration will transfer. The BEST committee reserves the right to evaluate all breed steers and heifers for breed standards.

      Cattle without a registration and legible tattoos that correspond to the registration will be considered crossbred. Tattoos will only be checked one time at a show. If the animal has illegible tattoos they will be placed in the crossbred division. The animal will not be permitted to leave the chute and come back. Cattle may only show one time within a show. Dual registered cattle may show only in one breed at one show. The exception to this rule is heifers that are nominated in the BEST program and show in BEST sanctioned shows as both a breeding heifer and a market heifer, providing the exhibitor has paid to dual nominate and enter the heifer in both of the shows.

      Breed heifers must be shown by age and crossbred heifers by shoulder height or weight. Steers and Market Heifers must be shown according to breed and shoulder height or weight.

      The following breed classes will be offered (unless a breed specific show) based on breed minimum percentages as listed: **Note-all high and low percentages must show in their appropriate division. 

Breed

Heifer

Steer

Angus

Purebred

Purebred

Chianina

6.25%

Breed Minimum

Hereford

Purebred

Purebred (must have registration papers)

High % Maine-Anjou

3/4 - brown papers

 

MaineTainer

1/4 - green papers

 

Maine-Anjou Steer

 

 1/4

Shorthorn

15/16

 3/4

ShorthornPlus

 1/2

 1/2

Purebred Simmental

 7/8

 

% Simmental

1/2 - 3/4

 

Simmental Steer

 

 1/2

Miniature Breed(s)

National Jr. Show Eligible

National Jr. Show Eligible

High % AOB

National Jr. Show Eligible

Low % AOB

National Jr. Show Eligible

AOB Steer

National Jr. Show Eligible




The High % and Low % All Other Breeds (AOB) divisions offered are for registered heifers that do not have their individual breed offered as a division. Registered heifers and steers that do not have their own breed division offered will show in their appropriate AOB division, providing they meet their breed’s minimum percentage to be eligible to show at their respective breed’s national junior shows. ALL AOB steers will show in one division and will not be split into a High % and Low % AOB division. Registered cattle that do NOT meet the breed percentage requirement for their respective breed’s national junior eligibility requirement will show in the Crossbred division, not as an AOB. The High % AOB division will combine the breeds that are eligible, for example: Charolais, Gelbvieh, Limousin, etc. The Low % AOB division will combine the breeds that are eligible, for example: CharComposite, Balancer, LimFlex, etc.

**Please note** - Low percentage Chianina and Simmental heifers will show in the Crossbred division, not the Low % AOB.

      It will be up to the BEST Committee’s discretion to determine which breeds remain on the list of breed classes for the 2017-18 season. The Committee will consider past breed participation numbers when determining if a breed will remain on the list of breed classes. There will be a one-year probation for breeds that want to be added to the list for future years. These exhibitors will show for class money only during the probation year. Division premiums are based on the show’s discretion if the Miniature, High % AOB or Low % AOB divisions have less than 5 head present at a show during the 2016-17 BEST sanctioned show season. At the conclusion of the year the BEST Committee will make a determination if the breed will be continued the next year. Among the BEST Committee’s considerations will be the number of animals exhibited and the number of exhibitors of the breed. Breeders interested in being granted the one-year probation must contact the OCA office by May 1 of the preceding year, i.e. May 1, 2017 for the 2017-18 show season.

      BEST participants can only receive points on animals in one division, breed or crossbred.  An animal cannot be shown as a crossbred one week and a breed animal the next week and maintain two sets of points. Their points will be counted for the division listed on their nomination form. Market Heifers that are also nominated as breeding heifers are exempted from this rule.

      Show schedules will be up to the discretion of each BEST show. However, the show order within the heifer show and the market animal show will be alphabetical starting with Angus and moving through all the breeds, followed by the Miniature Breeds, then All Other Breeds (AOB) and ending with Crossbreds. Market Heifers will be shown before crossbred steers. All special county shows will take place at the end of the heifers or the end of the steers, as appropriate.     

      In addition, it is mandatory that classes be provided for breed heifers, no matter the number of heifers of that breed entered in the show, according to the following age breaks: September-December 2015, January-February 2016, March-April 2016, and May, 2016 and younger. This is the minimum number of classes to be provided. At larger shows additional classes may be added. Show order for heifers will be from youngest to oldest. Classes over 12 head will be broke evenly by the BEST show committee.

      ALL cattle (BEST & non-BEST) entering Ohio to show in a BEST sanctioned show MUST be tagged with an EID ear tag prior to arriving at their first BEST show. Cattle arriving at the show without an EID tag will incur a cost of $20 per tag to remain eligible to participate. The primary method of identification for ALL cattle exhibiting at a BEST sanctioned show will be their EID tag. This will also serve as the BEST program nominated cattle’s BEST number throughout the season. The secondary method of identification for registered steers and heifers will be their breed registration number and tattoo. ALL BEST show entries (crossbred and registered steers, heifers and market heifers) will be recorded by an EID ear tag at their first BEST sanctioned show.

8.   Ownership

      All animals nominated for the OCA BEST program must be owned at the time of nomination by the BEST exhibitor making the nomination and must remain in the ownership of the BEST exhibitor throughout the remainder of the BEST show season.

9.   No Farm Tags or Identifying Marks

      No identifying tags or marks on animals or exhibitors will be permitted at a BEST sanctioned show. This means no farm tags, special show harnesses or marked show shirts are allowed. The BEST committee or sanctioned show is not responsible to remove any tags. It will be the responsibility of the exhibitor to remove tags. Only BEST tags, county fair tags, EID tags and brands will be permitted. This rule applies to all animals and exhibitors entered in a BEST sanctioned show, including animals and exhibitors not in the BEST program. If an animal enters the ring with an unacceptable tag or identifying mark it will be disqualified from the show and will earn no points if they are a BEST animal.     

10.  Showmanship Requirements

      A showmanship competition will be offered at every BEST show. It will be up to the discretion of each BEST show to determine if showmanship will be open to all exhibitors or only BEST participants. Any BEST sanctioned show that offers more than one showmanship competition will be required to have one competition that is for BEST participants only. Each BEST show must place the top ten in each age division for OCA BEST points. Showmanship class premiums are at the discretion of the sanctioned show. Age divisions will be: Beginner Division 10 and under, Junior Division 11-13, Intermediate Division 14-16, Senior Division 17-21, and the Novice Division for first or second year BEST participants ages 11-16. BEST participants ages 11-16 may choose to show in their specified age division with other BEST participants or they can participate in the Novice Division where only first or second year BEST participants will be competing. BEST participants will only be allowed to compete in one showmanship division. (i.e. - an 11 year old BEST participant eligible for the Novice division may not compete in the Junior and Novice showmanship divisions at a BEST sanctioned show. They must choose one division.) The participant’s age on January 1, 2017 is used to determine age division. Anyone who has reached 22 years of age before 1/1/17 is ineligible to compete. The OCA BEST Committee reserves the right to request at any BEST show that showmanship participants must provide proof of age, which may include a driver’s license or other records, such as county 4-H records. Participants must show their own animal and that animal must be entered in the show. The animal that a BEST exhibitor is accumulating showmanship points on must be nominated for the BEST program. BEST participants may switch between animals they own for showmanship throughout the BEST season and still accumulate one points total. (Every BEST show will provide a showmanship competition and the showmanship show order will be youngest to oldest, with the Beginner division first, followed by Juniors, Novice, Intermediate and Seniors last.)

11.  Beef Quality Assurance

      Each OCA BEST participant must complete a beef quality assurance educational program by no later than April 1, 2017 to be eligible to receive BEST awards and to be listed in the BEST final points. There will be two ways to complete this requirement. A BQA quiz will be available on the ohiocattle.org website throughout the show season. The quiz can be completed at any time before April 1 and sent to the OCA office. Each BEST participant must answer a minimum of 70 percent of the questions correctly to fulfill the BQA requirement. The second method to complete the BQA requirement is to attend one of three planned BQA sessions that will be held at the Heart of it All, Scarlet & Gray Midwest Showdown and the Ohio Beef Expo. If the participant’s score from the online quiz is below 70 percent, they will be notified and have the opportunity to retake the online quiz, if prior to April 1, or they can attend one of the three BEST BQA sessions. BEST participants are required to attend the entire BQA session from beginning to end to receive documentation of attendance. County Extension BQA programs are not substitutable. Attendance at the BEST BQA program at the Heart of it All, Scarlet & Gray Midwest Showdown or the Ohio Beef Expo meets the Ohio State Fair quality assurance requirements. It may also meet the requirements of some counties. Check with your county Extension agent to see if this program will be accepted. BEST participants may still be required to attend their own county QA program to participate in their county fair. The BEST BQA online quiz will not count for state fair and county QA requirements.

12.  OCA BEST Committee

      The OCA BEST program is planned and governed by the OCA BEST Committee, however all decisions are subject to approval by the OCA board of directors. The OCA President will appoint the committee chairman. There will also be several members solicited by OCA to serve on the governing committee. The chairman and those members solicited by OCA will constitute the BEST Executive Committee. The additional committee members will include five junior BEST participants. Junior BEST participants that are interested in serving on the committee will be required to complete a nomination application and go through an interview process. The junior committee representatives will be determined through an interview process prior to the 2017 BEST awards banquet. Junior committee applicants must be 14 years of age as of January 1, 2017 or older to apply. The final three committee members will be representatives of sanctioned shows determined at a meeting of the representatives of sanctioned shows. Representatives of all sanctioned shows will meet at least once a year to review the previous year’s program and make suggested changes for the coming year. No shows can be sanctioned for the following OCA BEST show season until after this meeting.

13.  Complaint or Protest Procedure

      Anyone who seeks to file a complaint or protest regarding a perceived infraction of a BEST rule or sanctioned show rule must submit a fee of $150 to the BEST Committee. The BEST Committee will not release the name of the individual filing the protest. The fee will be refunded only if the protest is sustained by the BEST Committee. Formal protests pertaining to the BEST program or BEST sanctioned shows must be made during the current BEST show season and prior to the last BEST sanctioned show. The BEST Committee also reserves the right to review any potential rules violation on its own without a complaint first being filed. The BEST Committee, in its discretion, will determine the appropriate action, if any, and reserves the right to use any combination of tools and/or technology to conduct a thorough investigation pertaining to the protest.

If the results of the investigation clearly do not support the complaint or protest, the matter will be dropped. If the results of the investigation appear to support the complaint or protest, the BEST Committee will provide the BEST participant who is the subject of the complaint or protest with at least 10 days’ notice of a meeting, where the participant and the participant’s family and any other involved parties will have an opportunity to present evidence or argument in their defense. The party making the protest also may attend and present evidence or argument in support of the protest. The BEST Committee will share the results of its investigation. Following the meeting, the BEST Committee in conjunction with the OCA Board of Directors will make a determination and inform the participant of its decision in writing.

Points challenges are not subject to the $150 fee, however, there will be a 5-day limit to challenge BEST points, once the office makes a posting or changes a points posting.

14.  Livestock Tampering & Misrepresentation Rules

            The exhibitors and their animals, (BEST or non-BEST), their family members, and others acting on the behalf of the exhibitors, will follow Ohio’s Livestock Show Reform Law, Chapter 901 of the Ohio Revised Code, and all rules under Ohio’s Livestock Tampering Exhibition Rules, as set forth in Sections 901-19-1 through 901-19-21 and Section 901-19-33 of the Ohio Administrative Code. The BEST Committee reserves the right to test and/or ultrasound any animal at a BEST Show. The BEST Committee, at its sole discretion, may test and/or ultrasound winners, at random, or upon reasonable suspicion of possible violations of any of the Ohio Livestock Show Reform Law and its related rules or other OCA BEST Rules. By participating in a BEST sanctioned show, exhibitors (BEST and non-BEST) consent to BEST committee members, OCA staff and show management entering the tents, trailers, and other areas where animals may be housed at a BEST sanctioned show, prepared for the show, or transported to or from the show.

A. Pumping of Cattle is Prohibited

      Ohio’s Livestock Tampering Exhibition Rules 901-19-13, an unacceptable practices mandatory rule, prohibits using a stomach tube or pump for any purpose other than relieving tympany or gas. If a stomach pump is used for medical purposes to relieve tympany or gas on the day of show, the animal will not be permitted to show that day.

B. Grooming Requirements

      Based upon Rule 901-19-33, Prohibited Grooming Practices, the following grooming practices are prohibited:

a.) Using any substance to enhance or change the color of the livestock, including the livestock’s hide or hooves;

b.) Adding any substance externally to build up, change or alter the shape or conformation of the livestock, including by way of example, but not limited to rope, false hair, graphite, hemp, and powders;

      c.) Pigmented grooming aides or materials.

In addition, colored or pigmented substances, i.e. paint, are prohibited from use on steers and heifers at all OCA BEST sanctioned shows. Painting of the hooves is prohibited. Use of clear substances is permitted. The sponsor of the exhibition will enforce rule 901-19-33, Prohibited Grooming Practices. Any exhibitor and the exhibitor’s animal (BEST or non-BEST) at an OCA BEST sanctioned show that does not follow the rule will be disqualified and all premiums and awards will be forfeited. If the disqualified exhibitor has shown the exhibitor’s animals, all animals placing below them will not move up. OCA BEST members who do not follow Rule 901-19-33 will be disqualified as described above from that show only, and their points for that particular show will not count in the OCA BEST program. 

C. Penalties for Violation of Livestock Tampering & Misrepresentation Rules at OCA BEST Shows

      The OCA BEST Committee and Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Board of Directors may impose discipline, and/or the Ohio Department of Agriculture may take disciplinary action in accordance with O.R.C. 901.74. When determining penalties, OCA will consider, among other factors, the fact that the BEST program is sponsored by OCA for the development of youth, the desire and necessity of maintaining the integrity of the BEST program, the severity of the violation compared to industry standards, and how similar violations have been handled in the past. BEST Committee sanctions may include, but not be limited to, the following: the participant, family members (including but not limited to siblings who are BEST participants), or business partners (including but not limited to their children who are BEST participants) associated with the specific violation(s) lose points for a show, lose points for multiple shows, and/or be barred from current or future participation in the BEST program and other OCA events and programs. Persons found to have violated BEST rules by the BEST Committee have the right to appeal in writing within 30 days of the BEST Committee’s decision to a committee appointed by the President of the OCA Board of Directors. The Committee’s decision will be communicated in writing and will be final.

BEST rule violators will be responsible for reimbursing legal fees incurred by the OCA before they are considered in good standing with OCA for the purposes of future event or program eligibility.

      Any exhibitor and the exhibitor’s animal (BEST or non-BEST), their family members, and others acting on the behalf of the exhibitor, that violate mandatory Ohio Livestock Tampering Exhibition Rules 901-19-01 through 901-19-21 of the Ohio Administrative Code (including Rule 901-19-13 G pumping of cattle) or other OCA BEST rules not part of Ohio’s Livestock Tampering Exhibition Rules will cause the exhibitor and the exhibitor’s animals (BEST or non-BEST) to be subject to severe disciplinary action. The exhibitor and the exhibitor’s immediate family members (siblings with the same address), as defined in BEST program Exhibitor Rule 3, may also be subject to being barred from participating in an OCA BEST sanctioned show for a period of up to three years from the date of the violation. In addition, BEST exhibitors in violation of a rule and their animals will be immediately dismissed from the BEST program and lose all BEST points for showmanship and animals. The barred exhibitor and/or the exhibitor’s family may request a hearing for reinstatement with the OCA BEST Committee and the OCA Board of Directors at any time during the penalty period determined by the BEST Committee and OCA Board of Directors. The Committee and the Board of Directors reserve the right to adjust the penalty period based upon the findings of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In the final months of any penalty period, the OCA Board of Directors, in its sole discretion, may review the facts and circumstances prior to reinstating barred exhibitors. If the Board of Directors, or the OCA executive director, has not notified the exhibitor of the status of reinstatement prior to the last day of the penalty period, the exhibitor will be deemed reinstated.  

D.  OCA Show Eligibility Resulting from Violations of Ohio’s Livestock Tampering Exhibition Rules at Other Shows

   Any individual and his or her immediate family or member of the individual’s household who has been found by the Ohio Department of Agriculture to be in violation of mandatory Ohio Livestock Tampering Exhibition Rules 901-19-01 through 901-19-21 of the Ohio Administrative Code and has been barred for future show participation (with any species) will be barred from exhibiting cattle in any OCA BEST sanctioned show. OCA will give all decisions of sponsors and other bodies holding fairs and shows full faith and credit and will observe and enforce such decisions coextensively at shows sponsored by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association. In the final months of any penalty period, the OCA Board of Directors, in its sole discretion, may review the facts and circumstances prior to reinstating barred exhibitors. If the Board of Directors, or the OCA executive director, has not notified the exhibitor of the status of reinstatement prior to the last day of the penalty period, the exhibitor will be deemed reinstated.  

15.  Exhibitor Code of Conduct

      All BEST exhibitors, their family members and others acting on the behalf of the exhibitor must display good sportsmanship and act in a courteous manner at all BEST sanctioned shows. Unsportsmanlike conduct will be referred to the OCA BEST Committee for appropriate action, if the committee deems necessary. Unsportsmanlike conduct may include but is not limited to physical actions, threats, or outbursts of profanity. Committee action is not limited to the following, but may result in the exhibitor found in violation to lose points for a show, lose multiple show points, and/or be barred from current or future participation in the BEST program. The decision of the BEST Committee regarding the unsportsmanlike conduct shall be final.  

16.  Points System for OCA BEST

      Point totals will be kept for each individual animal.

      There will be a 5 day limit to challenge BEST points, once the office makes a posting or changes a points posting.

      Winners will be determined for both steers and heifers in each of the following categories: Angus, Chianina, Hereford, Maine-Anjou Steer, High Percentage Maine-Anjou Heifer, Maine-Anjou MaineTainer Heifer, Shorthorn and ShorthornPlus, Simmental Steers, Purebred Simmental Heifers, Percentage Simmental Heifers, Miniature Breed(s), High % and Low % All Other Breeds, Market Heifer, and Crossbred.

      If an OCA BEST nominated animal is sold during the show season, the points are not transferrable. Animals may be re-nominated under the new owner.

      All OCA BEST shows will follow the same point system. Points will be based on the number of animals you beat in your class, with the exception of the champion and reserve champion animals. (For example, if there are 10 animals in your class the points for first place will be 10 points, second 9, third 8, fourth 7, fifth 6 and so on.) When an animal is named Grand Champion within their breed they will be awarded points equivalent to the largest class within their breed, plus an additional 10 points. If the animal is named Reserve Champion within their breed they will be awarded points equivalent to the largest class within their breed, plus an additional 5 points. Champion and Reserve Champion will not receive points for their individual class placings. (For example if there are two Angus heifer classes, class 1 has 8 head and class 2 has 10 head. The class 1 winner is then named Grand Champion Angus Heifer, the points calculation would be as follows: 10+10= 20. If the Reserve Champion Angus Heifer was the class 1 second place the calculation would be as follows: 10+5= 15.) All top five crossbred steers will receive points, following the points received by the champion and the reserve, third place crossbred steer will receive 1 point less than the reserve champion, fourth place will receive 1 point less than third place and fifth place will receive 1 point less than fourth place. The following point system will be used for showmanship at OCA BEST Shows under 400 head: First 30, second 27, third 24, fourth 21, fifth 18, sixth 15, seventh 12, eighth 9, ninth 6 and tenth 3. For OCA BEST Shows with more than 400 head the following points system will be used for showmanship: First 40, second 36, third 32, fourth 28, fifth 24, sixth 20, seventh 16, eighth 12, ninth 8 and tenth 4.

      The amount of year-end awards that will be presented at the banquet will be based on the number of cattle in each division at the end of the BEST season. The awards will be figured according to each division (i.e.- if there are 5 Angus steers there will be a Champion and Reserve awarded; if there are 20 Angus heifers, there will be a Top 5 awarded). The shows will still only choose a Champion and Reserve Crossbred heifer at each BEST show. Breeds that have percentage divisions (Maine-Anjou, Shorthorn & Simmental) will be tabulated separately by purebred and percentage animals and awarded accordingly.

  • Heifer, Steer or Market Heifer division totaling 1‐19 head: Champion & Reserve
  • Heifer, Steer or Market Heifer division totaling 20‐49 head: Top 5
  • Heifer, Steer or Market Heifer division totaling 50‐99 head: Top 10
  • Heifer, Steer or Market Heifer division totaling 100+ head: Top 15 

Maximum Point Accumulation Cap

      The maximum number of shows that will count toward the year-end point totals will be 10 shows. As an exhibitor you may attend more than 10 shows, however only your top 10 sets of points will count.  

Two Show Minimum to Receive Awards & be in the Final Points Standings

      To be eligible to receive awards, including the trailer drawing, and be listed in the final points standings, you must attend a minimum of two BEST shows during the show season. This includes bred-and-owned awards. Exhibitors attending less than two shows will still be considered participants and be eligible to receive a participant gift.

17. Novice Division

      A Novice Division for inexperienced youth of BEST eligible age who are nominating a BEST animal for the first or second year will operate off a separate points total, similar to the bred-and-owned awards. Novice participants will be listed in the overall points total, in addition to the novice points. Awards will be presented to the top 10 heifers, top 10 market animals, and the top 10 showmen in the final Novice points standings. These awards will be presented at the BEST awards banquet. The BEST Committee reserves the right to expand the awards for the Novice division subject to the number of Novice nominations. If a BEST Novice participant wins (places in the top 10 Novice Market Animals, Novice Heifers or Novice Showmanship) in their first year in the Novice division, they must move into the regular BEST points competition. If they do not win the first year, they can continue to participate in the Novice division for a second year. You may only participate in the Novice Division for a maximum of two years.      

18.  Top Five Market Animals & Heifers

      Each BEST show will also pick the top 5 market animals (includes market heifers) and heifers. It is up to the individual show to determine how and if they receive additional awards. (Those animals eligible to compete for the top 5 heifers will include only breed champions and reserves and the crossbred champion and reserve. Those animals eligible to compete for the top 5 market animals will include breed champions and reserves, the top 5 crossbred steers, selected from only first and second place animals and the champion and reserve market heifer.) Only champions will initially enter the ring for the overall champion competition.

19.  Bred-and-Owned Animals

      Awards will be presented to the top 5 bred-and owned heifers and top 5 bred-and-owned steers in the final points standings. Crossbreds and market heifers are not eligible. These awards will be presented at the BEST awards banquet. To be recognized the BEST junior exhibitor must be listed as the breeder on the animal’s registration paper.      

20.  BEST Online Resources 

www.ohiocattle.org 

            OCA BEST rules, show season current point standings, show information and results will be posted on the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association website www.ohiocattle.org under the Youth tab.

best.ohiocattle.org 

BEST nominations and ALL online show entries must be made at best.ohiocattle.org. User registration and BEST nominations will open on October 15, 2016. Show entries may be made starting on the Monday preceding the weekend of a BEST show through the closure of check-in at each show. Each exhibitor, BEST and non-BEST will need to create a username and password for each exhibitor. Under each username, they will log the cattle that they will be exhibiting for the season. At the first BEST sanctioned show, the animal’s EID tag number will be recorded and will be used to check that animal in at any future BEST show for the 2016-17 show season. Once the participant and animal are entered into the system, show entries must be made prior to each show. Users must log in to enter their cattle prior to each BEST show. Exhibitors may then pay for show entries online with a credit card or they may choose to pay upon arrival at the BEST show. Computers will also be available at each BEST show to facilitate online check-in. Please note that all cattle MUST be entered in the show prior to bringing cattle through check-in. 

21.  BEST Scholarships

      The BEST program offers a scholarship program based on academics and extracurricular activities for high school juniors and seniors or older pursuing a post-high school degree. Juniors who do not exhibit cattle in the BEST program are not eligible to compete in the scholarship contest. Scholarships will be awarded to participants pursuing an Ag related degree and may be awarded to applicants who are entering a non-Ag related field of study (based on the number of applications). All scholarship applicants will also be required to submit an essay along with their scholarship application. The scholarship essay topic will be predetermined and posted on the OCA website. BEST scholarships are due on April 1 and will be awarded at the end of the year BEST Program Awards Banquet. 

22. BEST Photography Contest

The BEST program will also sponsor a photography contest with four categories including: BEST Shows & Activities, Landscapes, People, and Around the Farm. There will be four divisions of awards for the photography contest based on the showmanship age divisions plus an adult division. Adults are eligible to enter the photography contest for a fee of $10 per person which must be submitted by the April 1 entry deadline by contacting the OCA office.  ALL Photography Contest entries MUST be submitted electronically by April 1 of the current BEST year. Digital submissions must be high resolution (2 MB or greater) and submitted through the OCA website.  BEST photography contest awards will be presented at the end of the year BEST Program Awards Banquet.

23.  Alcohol Prohibition

      No alcohol will be permitted in the make-up area or show ring of BEST shows. The BEST Committee will strongly encourage sanctioned shows to hire local authorities to enforce legal drinking ages and open container laws.

24.  Committee Decisions

      The decisions of the BEST Committee, subject to approval of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association board of directors, on all issues pertaining to the BEST program and events at BEST sanctioned shows shall be final. The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and the OCA BEST program are not responsible for accidents. 

View a Printable Version of the BEST Rules here.