Face masks must be worn in buildings by all attendees. This includes the make-up area, indoor stalling, check-in areas and exhibitors in the show ring. Exhibitors who fail to comply will forfeit their entry fees and the opportunity to exhibit.
Covid plan & show guidelines
Attention all exhibitors making entries in a BEST Sanctioned Show
The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association BEST Committee has revised and updated the following rules to provide further compliance with the State of Ohio’s COVID-19 health orders and safeguard opportunities for future livestock exhibitions.
All BEST shows will require the following:
- Face masks must be worn in buildings by all attendees. This includes the make-up area, indoor stalling, check-in areas and exhibitors in the show ring. Exhibitors who fail to comply will forfeit their entry fees and the opportunity to exhibit.
- Furthermore, exhibitors and show attendees failing to comply may be asked to leave the premises.
- All exhibitors, (BEST, non-BEST and out-of-state) must sign a one-time Exhibition Agreement for the BEST show season to acknowledge their compliance with the show’s COVID plan, release of liability and certification of COVID status. The agreement stipulates that no spectators are permitted to attend OCA BEST shows, and at-risk family members are strongly encouraged not to attend. If the exhibitor is under 18, their legal guardian must also sign the one-time agreement. Any show entrants not signing the agreement will be excused from exhibiting in the show and will forfeit their entry fees.
The committee realizes these guidelines may seem like an inconvenience, but these are state health orders, and your compliance will allow you and others to continue enjoying livestock shows. We take this very seriously and any lack of cooperation will not be tolerated. The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association BEST Committee reserves the right to update these rules as COVID conditions warrant. Administration of all BEST exhibition rules will be at the discretion of the BEST committee.
Updated December 18, 2020
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What is BEST?
BEST (Beef Exhibitor Show Total) is a youth program of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) that recognizes Ohio’s junior beef exhibitors for participation and placings through a series of sanctioned cattle shows that include showmanship competitions. Juniors who participate in these sanctioned shows earn points for their placings. Points are tabulated for cattle, showmanship, registered Bred & Owned animals and first or second year BEST participants in a separate Novice division for market animals, heifers showmanship and Buckeye Breeders Series. The program promotes consistency for exhibitors at sanctioned shows hosted by county associations or agricultural groups and clubs. These points are tabulated and posted at www.ohiocattle.org.
The BEST program is coordinated by a committee that is appointed by the OCA board of directors. BEST provides an environment for friendly competition and success while serving as an opportunity to create the next generation of leaders by educating juniors on beef industry issues, promoting family membership and participation in the OCA and rewarding the successful accomplishments and hard work of Ohio’s young cattlemen. Additional areas of opportunity are offered through BEST with Junior Representative positions, scholarships and a photography competition for participants to showcase their talent.
Where did it all begin?
OCA 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. OCA strives to maintain profitability and growth of Ohio's beef industry, while providing consumers with safe and wholesome beef.
The BEST program was started in 1999 with three goals:
- Youth education and leadership development
- Beef industry youth recognition and awards
- Provide a series of shows that have consistent and ethical regulations
Thanks to these generous contributors, BEST participants receive a gift upon signing up for the program, top-ten placing showmanship awards at each show, year-end prizes and awards along with the opportunity to win show supplies and a year’s lease on a new livestock trailer.
How to Get Started - BEST Novice Program
First or second year participants, ages 11-16, are eligible to participate in the Novice program, an exclusive division for new BEST participants to compete with others just starting in the program. Questions? Call the office at 614-873-6736.
The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association BEST program has teamed up with sponsoring partner, Weaver Leather Livestock, to get new youth involved with the OCA BEST program. Stay tuned for more details offered to Novice participants during the show season!
Each year, over 600 BEST participants, their families and the BEST program’s sponsoring partners gather in Columbus for a year-end dinner and awards banquet. This gives youth participants and their families a unique opportunity to interact with the BEST program’s sponsoring partners. Nearly 200 awards are presented throughout the evening in different categories for points accumulated throughout the BEST season. Over $60,000 in cash and prizes are awarded throughout a night of celebration for everyone in the program. Each BEST participant completing the season will receive a gift at the banquet.
Looking for more information?
First year exhibitors or anyone looking for more information, please click the link below to download the 2020-2021 BEST Brochure.