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Plan to attend the OCA Roundup taking place in Clark County. This year’s event will feature a Friday night social at R Genetics Livestock, owned by Scott and Sasha Rittenhouse in Springfield, educational seminars Saturday morning and area tours Saturday afternoon. Register by Aug. 28!

2014 OCA Roundup Schedule

Friday, September 5

6 - 6:30p.m. - Registration - R Genetics Livestock, Scott & Sasha Rittenhouse, 5001 E. County Line Road, Springfield, Ohio 45502

7 p.m. - Dinner prepared by the Clark Cattlemen’s Association. Burgers sponsored by Better Beef program and Dave Long of South Charleston

Saturday, September 6

8 a.m. - Registration & Breakfast - Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center, 1901 Selma Road, Springfield, Ohio 45505. Breakfast Sponsored by United Producers, Inc.

9 a.m. - OCA Roundup Program
Ohio State University Animal Sciences Department Update - Dr. Henry Zerby, Department Chair
Dr. Zerby, recently appointed department chair, will provide an update on the department and the status of plans for the college’s new livestock facilities. 
Raised on a Pennsylvania farm, Dr. Zerby received his B.S. from Pennsylvania State University. He joined the animal sciences department at Ohio State in 1999 following completion of his Ph.D. and M.S. focusing on fresh meat quality and food safety from Colorado State University. Prior to his appointment as chair, Dr. Zerby was a professor in the animal sciences department. He provided leadership for the undergraduate curriculum within the department, the meat science program, and served as the faculty director of the department’s Abattoir and Meat Processing Laboratory. Dr. Zerby served as the lead instructor or co-instructor for several courses related to meat science, food animal products, and human and animal interactions.  He also served as an advisor for both undergraduate and graduate students, and oversaw the Intercollegiate Meat Evaluation Team, and served as a faculty advisor for the Animal Sciences Graduate Student Association.

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Industry Update - Policy Update - Tim White, NCBA Region I Vice President for Policy
Tim and his family run TA White Farm, LLC located near Lexington, Kentucky. The farm consists of 2,800 acres and a 400-head cow/calf operation that includes Angus, Red Angus and commercial cows. The commercial cows are used for an embryo calf raising program with seedstock clients located throughout the United States. The farm also backgrounds 1,200 head of feeder cattle annually. Tim is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with a degree in beef cattle management. In addition to representing NCBA members on the NCBA Executive Committee, Tim also serves on the executive committee for the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association. He is also a past participant of the NCBA Young Cattlemen’s Conference & Tour. Tim and his wife Amy, who is closely involved in the cattle operation, have two children, Rod and Addie.

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Industry Update - Membership Update - Kate Maher, NCBA Senior Director of Member Services 
Prior to accepting the Director of Member Services position Kate spent 16 years with the North American Limousin Foundation and most recently worked for the U.S. Meat Export Federation. A Colorado native, Kate graduated from Colorado State University with an Animal Science degree. After college, she moved to Kiowa, CO where she was active in her family’s cow/calf operation. Now that the cows are gone, working for NCBA allows Kate to proudly share her passion for the beef industry.

OCA Update of Programs & Activities
OCA officers and staff will present on the latest OCA programs and Ohio beef industry news.

Checkoff & Consumer Marketing Update - Mike Miller, NCBA Senior Vice President, Global Marketing and Research
Mike will present information about beef prices as they relate to consumer demand for beef, provide highlights of checkoff funded marketing efforts, a beef export update and discuss opportunities for expansion of the beef industry. Mike’s responsibilities include the administration and oversight of all beef checkoff programming including consumer and channel marketing, research and innovation as well as market research and issues management. Prior to NCBA, Mike spent 16 years with CattleFax working in many aspects of the business. Mike received a B.S. in Agricultural Business from Colorado State University and grew up on a farm in Center, Colorado.  Mike resides in Parker, Colorado with his wife Karri and two children, Taylor and Charlie.

Ohio Beef Council Update
Ohio Beef Council staff will provide an update on checkoff-funded programs.

Josh Jennings, Founding Director, Global Impact STEM Academy
Global Impact STEM Academy is Ohio’s newest Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) school.  Students at Global Impact connect learning to real world problems through hands-on problem-based learning across all disciplines.  These “real world” problems come from Ohio’s largest industry, Agriculture.  Global Impact students find the relevance in all they do through a curriculum rich in bioscience, food science, energy, and the environment.  Students at Global Impact also have the opportunity to take college coursework while in high school.  This is made possible through the support and partnerships with The Ohio State University, Wright State University, and Clark State Community College.

Lunch - Beef tenderloin meal prepared by GrillAble Catering, Chris Anway of Cable, Ohio
PAC Live Auction to be held during lunch. Auction features 2 tickets to the OSU vs. Michigan game in Columbus, November 29

Farm Tours - Group transportation will be provided

Agle Family Cattle
Bob and Peggy Agle, along with daughters and spouses Emily and Dominic DePompei and Lucas and Allison Regula operate Agle Family Cattle in eastern Clark County. A third generation farmer, Bob became interested in raising his own show cattle for his 4-H and FFA projects. A.I. has been utilized since the late 1970’s, as well as embryo transfer the last several years. Several breeds are used in their operation, with a concentration on black crossbreds and Shorthorns. Donor cows, steers and heifers for their 2014 online sale, as well as their farm’s beautiful view will be on display.

McDorman Farms
McDorman Farms is owned and operated by Louis J. McDorman, his wife JaNelle, and his son Louis H. McDorman. The farm has only ever had two owners since it was established in 1811 with the McDorman family owning it since 1918 when it was purchased by Louis J.’s grandfather. The 1,000-acre farm has been totally rebuilt following its destruction in 1974 by the F-5 tornado that ripped through the city of Xenia. Today McDorman Farms specializes in custom cattle feeding with a one-time feedlot capacity of 1,200 head where about one-half of the cattle on the farm have other owners. Most of the custom fed animals come from Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia. McDorman Farms focuses on buying cattle only from well managed operations with excellent animal health programs. McDorman Farms was the recipient of the 2006 OCA Commercial Cattleman of the Year award. 

Sexing Technologies – The Ohio Heifer Center
Inguran LLC dba Sexing Technologies (ST), based in Navasota, Texas purchased the Ohio Feedlot in the fall of 2010. ST needed a base of operations for live cattle exports, and the feedlot location in South Charleston was in a great location for consolidation of cattle prior to the final destination, our export facility in Maine. Over 15,000 head of heifers have been exported from what is now known as the Ohio Heifer Center. Most of the exported cattle have been Holstein dairy cattle destined for Russia and Turkey.  A few hundred Jersey and Brown Swiss cattle have also been sent to Turkey.  ST has filled multiple orders for beef cattle to Russia and shipped many open and pregnant Angus heifers to Russia for private cattle owners. ST’s main farm in Texas is home to 250+ mature bulls, many of them being beef breeds we don’t see in Ohio. ST was created in 2003 with the goal of producing 90% sexed sorted semen for use around the globe. 

Trupointe Agronomy Hub
The Trupointe Agronomy Hub at South Charleston is one of three bulk crop nutrient and crop protection hubs within the cooperative, offering growers customized blends of product. The South Charleston hub is equipped with automated systems for loading and unloading wet and dry fertilizers and crop protection products. This provides product accuracy, on-site mixing for safety and efficient fill times. A 24/7 liquid fertilizer bay allows growers to fill product at their convenience after placing an order and obtaining a secure customer order number that is punched into a key pad. Trupointe, with headquarters in Piqua, operates locations throughout Ohio and Indiana, serving 4,600 member-owners. Bulk hubs similar to South Charleston are located in Botkins, Ohio, and Milford, Indiana. Along with providing agronomy products and services, Trupointe also offers feed, grain, power fuel, propane, turf services and operates five Farm & Home stores.

5 p.m. – Return to Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center