Annual OCA Awards


OCA Award Nominations

NOMINATIONS DUE SEPTEMBER 1 AND ARE PRESENTED AT THE OCA ANNUAL MEETING & AWARDS BANQUET THE FOLLOWING JANUARY 

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) is seeking nominations for cattlemen across the Buckeye state excelling in their operations. There are seven distinguished awards available in the following categories: Environmental Stewardship, Commercial Producer, Young Cattleman, Seedstock Producer, Industry Service, Industry Excellence and Outstanding County. Nominations are due by September 1. Fellow industry leaders, county cattlemen’s associations, soil and water conservation districts and other local agricultural organizations are encouraged to nominate local cattlemen deserving of any of the above mentioned awards. 


AWARD NOMINATION FORM

Award Categories

INDUSTRY EXCELLENCE AWARD

The Excellence Award is presented to beef producers who have worked over a period of years for the betterment of Ohio’s beef industry. Recipients are those that have contributed as a volunteer/leader to the success of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and/or through their individual cattle operations have been trailblazers for the beef industry creating new paths for other beef producers to follow.


INDUSTRY SERVICE AWARD

The Service Award is presented to those who have through their careers contributed to the betterment of Ohio’s beef industry. Recipients may or may not also be beef producers. The award is presented for efforts made outside, but complementary to beef production. Recipients of the award are selected based on actions they have taken through their career in academia, Extension, government, agri-business, etc. that have benefited the beef industry.


YOUNG CATTLEMAN OF THE YEAR 

The Young Cattleman of the Year Award is presented to individuals or couples, typically under 40 years of age, who have demonstrated the initial stages of a successful beef operation and exhibited leadership potential. The recipient is also the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association’s automatic nominee (if available) to participate in the NCBA Young Cattlemen’s Conference.


OCA SEEDSTOCK PRODUCER OF THE YEAR AWARD

The Seedstock Producer of the Year Award is presented to Ohio farms who have demonstrated breeding success through their registered cattle operations. These farms utilize performance information and the latest technologies available to increase the predictability of the cattle they raise as breeding stock for others, in addition to maintaining a continued focus on meeting and exceeding the expectations of beef consumers.



COMMERCIAL CATTLEMAN OF THE YEAR

The Commercial Cattleman of the Year Award is presented to Ohio farms who have demonstrated success through their commercial cattle operations. These farms utilize performance information and the latest technologies available to increase the predictability of the cattle they raise, in addition to maintaining a continued focus on meeting and exceeding the expectations of beef consumers. The award is traditionally presented to cow-calf operations, but may also include feeders who feed the cattle they produce.

ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP AWARD

The Environmental Stewardship Award is presented to Ohio farms who have demonstrated a strong commitment to being good stewards of their land, water and air resources, as well as their livestock and operate their farms in a sustainable manner. Recipients implement beef practices to control water run-off, reduce damage in high-traffic feeding/watering areas, exercise good pasture management, preserve woodlands, and provide for wildlife. They often partner with government entities, such as Soil & Water Conservation Districts and the USDA NRCS to implement conservation measures.


OUTSTANDING COUNTY AWARD

The Outstanding County award is OCA's opportunity to recognize the outstanding achievement, industry education and consumer promotion efforts of counties from across the state. Activities, participation in OCA events, communication efforts, support of industry youth and a cohesive partnership are all areas of focus for award recognition. 




2021 Award Winners

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shugert farms, st. clairsville

Commercial Producer

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) awarded Shugert Farms of St. Clairsville, OH the 2021 Commercial Cattleman of the Year Award. This award was sponsored by the Ohio Angus Association.

Bob Shugert operates Shugert farms alongside his brother Dwight Shugert and partners Steve and Stephanie Harris. Over the years the farm has grown and today spreads over two states and several counties where they run 2,500 head of cattle.  Shugert Farms focuses on managing the ground to raise high quality cattle using the least amount of supplemental feed as possible. They utilize winter grazing to eliminate hay and reduce disease. The cattle are rotated on a 12-month basis and are separated by age in groups of 100-120. 

turner shorthorns, somerset

Environmental Stewardship

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) awarded Turner Shorthorns of Somerset, OH the 2021 Environmental Stewardship Award. This award was sponsored by the Ohio Shorthorn Breeders’ Association.

Dr. Thomas B. and Susie Turner are the owners and labor force behind their 60 head Shorthorn cattle operation. The couple raise their cattle on a 215-acre reclaimed silica mine where they have faced many challenges with erosion.  To face those challenges, they work closely with Farm Service Agency (FSA), the Perry County Soil & Water Conservation District, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and more to develop a programmed approach to improve the land. The Turners place a priority on refining the grass and soil quality to enhance the root system, slow the water down and eventually eliminate the erosion. 

Gene rowe, rowe nutrition

Industry Excellence

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) awarded Gene Rowe of New Paris, OH the 2021 Industry Excellence Award. This award was sponsored by the Ohio Mid-Eastern Maine-Anjou Association.  

Rowe began Rowe Nutrition in 1979 and has expanded into many different avenues over his 42 years of business. Although he started out in the swine industry, a lot of his business now comes from feedlots and show cattle.  Rowe began working with Cates Farms to put together a show cattle feed that put Rowe Nutrition on the map. Rowe does all of the nutrition work himself, but credits many of his teachings to Carl Akey. The business now sells feed to 29 states and delivers to 12. 

denny ruff, muskingum livestock auction co.

Industry Service

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) awarded Denny Ruff of Zanesville, OH the 2021 Industry Service Award. This award was sponsored by the Livestock Marketing Association and Union Stock Yards Co.

Ruff is the general manager of the Muskingum Livestock Auction Company in Zanesville, OH where he has been involved since 1987. Ruff and his team have worked closely with OCA to host the annual Replacement Female Sale for the past eight years.  Ruff and his team go out of their way to make weekly farm calls to help customers sort cattle, offer marketing advice and more. They attend multiple county fairs each year, sponsor awards and host an annual livestock judging competition at their facility.

fairfield county cattlemen's association

Outstanding County 

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) awarded the Fairfield County Cattlemen’s Association the 2021 Outstanding County Award. This award was sponsored by Ohio Corn & Wheat.

The Fairfield County Cattlemen’s Association prioritizes their youth development programs and fundraisers. Each year, they award multiple scholarships, sponsor a pee wee showmanship class and host a carcass contest. A recipient of one of their scholarships, Desirae Logsdon, went on to become the National Shorthorn Queen. The group is well-known in the community for their educational and beef promotional programs including the annual chili cook off.

raines farms, seaman

Seedstock Producer

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) awarded Raines Farms of Seaman, OH the 2021 Seedstock Producer of the Year Award. This award was sponsored by the Adams County Cattlemen’s Association.

Raines Farms is a diversified operation that has been passed down through multiple generations. Todd Raines runs the operation alongside his father, brother and both of their families. The operation includes 5 acres of greenhouses, 1500 acres of corn and soybeans, 75 acres of burley tobacco and 300-350 Angus cows marketed as seedstock, freezer beef and fat cattle.  The Raines family focuses on DNA testing on the cattle that have the potential to become part of the herd. They pull a blood sample at weaning and send the sample for genetic testing. This is to confirm that the expected progeny differences (EPDs) are accurate to establish that the animals they are breeding have predictable genetics.

lindsey & adam hall, hillsboro

Young Cattleman

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) awarded Lindsey and Adam Hall of Hillsboro, OH the 2021 Young Cattleman of the Year Award. This award was sponsored by ST Genetics.

The Halls raise cattle on Lindsey’s family farm in Hillsboro, OH where they have a 350 head cow-calf operation of Angus, Simmental and SimAngus crosses. The operation has recently expanded with the success of Maplecrest Meats – an online store created to direct market their beef.  Environmental stewardship and sustainability are both important factors of the operation. The couple focuses on being good stewards of the land to preserve the family farm for future generations.