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

 COVID Plan 



About Buckeye Breeders Series

The BEST program will now include the Buckeye Breeders Series (BBS) that will replace the former Best of the Buckeye Program and will operate in a similar manner, but with increased recognition opportunities for BBS breeders and exhibitors. 

 BBS has been incorporated into the BEST program in its own separate points division and will run throughout the BEST show season. Only registered cattle that were bred by an Ohio breeder are eligible. Crossbreds are not eligible to participate in the BBS. 

 Beginning with the Scarlet & Gray Midwest Showdown held Jan. 2-3, 2021 at the Clark County Fairgrounds in Springfield and continuing at every BEST show throughout the season, cattle entered in the BBS program will have their own separate set of points that will run parallel to the BEST program, like the Novice and Bred & Owned Divisions whose points are a subset of their regular class points. The program will end at the Ohio Beef Expo and will recognize both breeders and exhibitors of the top placing BBS cattle at the OCA BEST Awards Banquet on May 1, 2021. The BBS program will not be a part of the Ohio State Fair.

 BEST participants will enter cattle eligible for the BBS through the BEST program’s online nomination and show entry website at no additional cost beyond the $60 per animal BEST nomination fee. Entries for the BBS may be made for eligible cattle at any point throughout the season and BBS points will accrue with their first show. There will no longer be a BBS breeder nomination fee. BBS cattle will be entered by the exhibitor by nominating them for the BEST program at $60 per head. 

 For cattle to be eligible for BBS points, they must be registered and bred by an Ohio cattleman. ET calves and calves out of purchased bred cows are eligible if they list an Ohio cattleman as the breeder. Please note that if BBS eligible cattle are registered in multiple owners’ names, as-long-as one of the owners listed on the registration paper is from Ohio, the animal is eligible for nomination. 

 The Ohio Beef Expo BEST Show will feature an additional BBS champion drive following each breed division champion drive. The top two animals from each class will come back immediately following the breed’s final drive to show for the BBS final drive. The judge will pick the top two heifers and steers in each breed division with additional premiums paid to the Champion and Reserve Champion BBS cattle in each division. Breed associations may make additional premium donations to their breed’s BBS cattle. All breed association premium donations will be recognized. BBS placings and points will coincide with the show’s original class placings. 

 BBS cattle and their breeders will be recognized at every BEST show throughout the season. BBS cattle can still be entered for the last show of the season, the Ohio Beef Expo BEST Show, through the BEST program’s online nomination and show entry website.

 As in the past, BBS eligible cattle sold in the 2021 Ohio Beef Expo breed sales can be entered into the BBS points division by making a BEST program nomination and entering the Ohio Beef Expo BEST Show immediately following the sale, providing the new owner is eligible to participate in the BEST program.

 Ohio breeders are encouraged to use the Buckeye Breeders Series logo in their sale advertisements and promotions. 


 Download BBS logo 

 BBS Info Sheet 


Perks of the Buckeye Breeders Series

For breeders

Breeders with BBS qualified cattle in the BEST program will be entered to win an 835M John Deere Gator for 1 year of use.

The winner will be drawn at the BEST Awards Banquet in May.


for exhibitors

Exhibitors showing BBS qualified cattle will be entered to win a 26' Eby Ruff Neck Final Drive Trailer for 1 year of use. 

This trailer is in addition to the trailer awarded to a BEST participant each year. There will be 2 trailers this year - one specifically for BBS exhibitors!

The winner will be drawn at the BEST Awards Banquet in May.

Additional bbs championship drives

The Cattle Battle, Jan. 30-31, and the Ohio Beef Expo, March 21, BEST shows will feature additional steer and heifer breed division championship drives for Buckeye Breeders Series (BBS) qualified BEST cattle. A BBS champion and BBS reserve champion animal will be named from BBS eligible cattle in every heifer and steer breed division.  


Thank you, 2020-2021 BBS Sponsors