The 2016-2017 Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) BEST (Beef Exhibitor Show Total) Program wrapped up on May 6 with its annual awards banquet held at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus.
“The banquet is a time to celebrate the many achievements of our BEST participants, both in and out of the show ring,” says Stephanie Sindel, OCA Director of Youth Programs. “Each participant is recognized for their hard work by family, friends and BEST supporters alike.”
Several representatives from program sponsors, Bob Evans Farms, Burroughs Frazier Farms, Evans Cattle Company, Farm Credit Mid-America, M.H. Eby, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Weaver Livestock, were on hand to help present awards totaling more than $50,000 in belt buckles, luggage, show materials and other awards.
This year’s BEST program featured 15 sanctioned shows that weaved its way across the state with over 440 youth participants showing 649 head of market animals and heifers. The following Morrow County youth were recognized:
Breed Division Champions
Champion Miniature Heifer – Walker Wiley, Morrow County
Seventh Overall Crossbred Steer – Jacob Levering, Morrow County
BEST Novice Champions
Ninth Overall Novice Steer – Taylor Stephen, Morrow County – Simmental
Tenth Overall Novice Steer – Jacob Levering, Morrow County – Crossbred