OCA BEST Stockmanship
**NEW FOR 2019-2020**
New for the 2019-2020 BEST show season, there will be a Stockmanship division of OCA’s BEST program offered for Ohio youth. This new opportunity was developed in an effort to further youth’s knowledge of cattle throughout the state and to allow youth to showcase their abilities and talent outside of the show ring.
The Stockmanship division will be comprised of beef industry-focused events and competitions that are in conjunction with BEST shows and OCA events. This division of the BEST program is open to all Ohio youth regardless of if they show cattle during the BEST show season. If an existing BEST participant would like to sign up for the Stockmanship division, they will do so under their BEST user profile at best.ohiocattle.org for no additional cost outside of existing cattle nominations. If age-eligible individuals would like to participate in the Stockmanship division but don’t have any cattle enrolled in the 2019-2020 BEST program, they should create their username and profile at best.ohiocattle.org (if they don’t have an existing account either BEST or non-BEST) and elect to participate in the Stockmanship division. Non-cattle exhibiting BEST Stockmanship participants will need to have a current $75 family OCA membership and will pay a one-time Stockmanship participation fee of $60. Individuals may sign up for the Stockmanship program at any point throughout the season.
2019-2020 Stockmanship Contests
- Salesmanship - held at the Scarlet & Gray Midwest Showdown – Saturday, January 4, 2020
- Quiz Bowl - held at the OCA Annual Meeting - Saturday, January 11, 2020
- Fitting Contest - held at the DTS Cupid Classic – Sunday, February 16, 2020
- Judging Contest - held at the Ohio Beef Expo – Friday, March 20, 2020
- Cattlemen’s Challenge Written Test - available at the Annual Meeting or any BEST sanctioned show in the show office.
Stockmanship contests will include their own registration for each event and top-placing awards will be given at each Stockmanship event. Please note that individual and team awards for qualifying events will be presented at the contest. Overall Stockmanship awards will be presented at the OCA BEST Banquet on May 2, 2020. The top five individuals in the following divisions will be recognized: Beginner, Junior, Novice, Intermediate and Senior. Age breaks will follow that of the BEST program’s showmanship rules. To qualify for the end of year Stockmanship awards, the participant must have completed two contests, be a current OCA member by Jan. 1, 2020 or at the time of Stockmanship sign-up, and complete their Beef Quality Assurance training by April 1, 2020. Stockmanship participants may complete their BQA at any session offered at a BEST sanctioned show, online at BQA.org or at YQCA.org. A cumulative points scale for the Stockmanship division will be utilized for overall finishes and end of year point tabulation.
Cattlemen's Challenge Written Test
Available for OCA BEST Stockmanship participants to complete at the OCA Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet and during designated times at each OCA BEST sanctioned show.