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.
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.
2022 Award Winners
Environmental Stewardship Award
Diven Springs Farm of Hillsboro, Ohio
sponsored by the ohio beef council
Commercial Cattleman of the Year
Seibert Livestock of St. Marys, Ohio
Sponsored by the Ohio Angus Association
Industry Excellence Award
John Grimes of Hillsboro, Ohio
Sponsored by ST Genetics
Industry Service Award
Todd Pugh of Louisville, Ohio
Sponsored by Rowe Nutrition, LLC
Pugh began his involvement in the beef industry by raising and showing cattle with his family through OCA’s Beef Exhibitor Show Total (BEST) program, a youth development program. After recognizing the valuable lessons taught through the BEST program, Pugh volunteered to become chairman of the BEST committee.
Through Pugh’s leadership, he and many other volunteers work to focus on creating valuable lessons for youth involved in the beef industry through cattle exhibition, career development, community service and more. Since Pugh’s involvement, the program has grown and developed additional programming. For example, Pugh’s ideas brought a new division to create value for cattle that are born, bred and raised in Ohio called the Buckeye Breeders Series (BBS).
Outstanding County Award
Fayette County Cattle Feeders Association
Sponsored by Ohio Corn & Wheat
The Fayette County Cattle Feeders Association prioritizes youth involvement in the beef industry through the Cattle Feeders Corral and the Annual Banquet where the Beef Queen of Fayette County is crowned and a meal for over 200 people is provided. The association also supports awards for youth during the county fair and provides banners for champions.
Each year, they award scholarships to every high school senior that exhibits beef at the county level. As an association, their common goal is to promote and educate individuals about the beef industry, not just across Fayette County but around the state.
Seedstock Producer of the Year
Jones Show Cattle of Harrod, Ohio
Sponsored by BioZyme Inc. & Umbarger Show Feeds
Young Cattleman of the Year
Zane Gross of Ashland, Ohio
Sponsored by E.R. Boliantz Packing Co.