The Ohio Cattlemen's Association (OCA) and Weaver Leather Livestock have teamed up to recognize individuals that are exceptional leaders, no matter their age. Any OCA member or BEST participant or their parents may nominate other cattlemen, breeders and exhibitors for any of the Character Traits to be awarded at the end of the nomination period.
Character Trait nominations for the 2020-21 season will open on at the beginning of the first BEST show and close on April 1. Nominations will be evaluated by a committee and awarded during the BEST program awards banquet on May 1, 2021.
OCA is dedicated to leadership development for the next generation of Ohio's beef industry. Through the association's youth programs, OCA is committed to creating the next generation of leaders, providing opportunity, scholarships and support through youth livestock events and programs.
Weaver Leather Livestock is dedicated to not only the success of young showmen, but cultivating an atmosphere of character. The Strategies for Success program is derived from Lodestar Guidance: Principles to Live and Lead, a program developed by Weaver Leather's President and CEO, Paul Weaver. Weaver Leather Livestock is committed to the value of leadership and the importance of developing tomorrow’s leaders. We believe that these young showmen are our future and represent these principles.
2020-21 Character Trait Nomination Categories:
Dependability: Reliable and worthy of trust
Courage: Feeling the fear, but doing the right thing anyway, no matter the cost or difficulty
Passion: Intense, powerful or compelling emotion and commitment
Generosity: Unselfishly using my resources to benefit others
Joyfulness: Expressing delight and optimism in appearance, actions and speech