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 


OCA BEST Stockmanship

The Stockmanship Division provides a pathway for youth to participate in the BEST program without showing an animal. It expands BEST participants’ knowledge of cattle and provides youth with an opportunity to showcase their abilities and talents 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 2020-2021 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.  

2020-2021 Stockmanship Contests 

  • Prepared Speaking - held at the Scarlet & Gray Midwest Showdown, Springfield - Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021
  • Salesmanship - held at the Weekend Spectacular, Marion - Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021
  • Cattlemen's Challenge Competition (OCA's version of a skill-a-thon) - held at the Clark County Cattle Battle, Springfield - Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021 
  • Fitting Contest - held at the DTS Cupid Classic, Springfield - Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021
  • Judging Contest - held at the Ohio Beef Expo, Columbus - Friday, March 19, 2021
*Individual contests may prorate the number of awards based on the number of participants.   

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 1, 2021. 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, 2021 or at the time of Stockmanship sign-up, and complete their Beef Quality Assurance certification. 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.               

prepared speaking

Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021

Scarlet & Gray Midwest Showdown

*registration fee included with your $60 per head BEST nomination fee


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salesmanship

Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021

Weekend Spectacular

 *registration fee included with your $60 per head BEST nomination fee

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cattlemen's challenge

Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021

Clark County Cattle Battle

 *registration fee included with your $60 per head BEST nomination fee

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fitting contest

Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021

DTS Cupid Classic

*Additional registration fee

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judging contest

Friday, March 19, 2021

Ohio Beef Expo

*Additional registration fee

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