The Ohio State University Extension Beef Team is announcing the upcoming 2013 Ohio Beef Cattle School. This monthly series will begin on Tuesday, January 29 and continue on February 26 and March 19, 2013 and will start each evening at 7:00 p.m. The programs will address some of the most important issues currently facing Ohio's beef industry. Dynamic forces are constantly shaping the beef industry's landscape and successful producers need to stay abreast of changes to remain competitive.
The January 29, 2013 program features two well-respected and recognizable industry names serving as resources for that session. Lee Leachman, Leachman Cattle Company of Colorado, and Nevil Speer, professor of Animal Science at Western Kentucky University, will discuss the subject "Breeding Considerations in Today's Beef Industry." Leachman will discuss how crossbreeding can add profit to the producer's bottom line, practical methods to adopt a crossbreeding program, and making right-sized cows. Dr. Speer will discuss the apparent de-emphasis on heterosis by some commercial cow-calf producers and how advanced genetic selection tools, an evolving genetic base, and the growth of quality-driven markets have contributed to this phenomenon.
The February 26, 2013 program will focus on the topic "Squeezing Every Dollar out of Forage Production." Rory Lewandowski, Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources, OSU Extension-Wayne Co. and Chris Penrose, Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources, OSU Extension-Morgan Co. will be the speakers that evening. They will address extending the grazing season, hay production, weed control, and drought recovery.
The final installment of the school will be held on March 19, 2013 and will focus on "Enterprises to Remain Competitive in the Beef Industry." John Grimes, OSU Extension Beef Coordinator, Jeff McCutcheon, Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources, OSU Extension-Morrow County, and a variety of producers will present options such as backgrounding, stockering, targeting branded programs, raising replacement heifers, and raising embryo calves as unique marketing options.
These sessions will follow a similar format used in the past as each session will be broadcast locally via an internet link at a variety of locations around state. If interested in attending, contact your local or a near-by Ohio State University Extension office to ask if their winter programming plans include hosting the Ohio Beef Cattle Schools. To date, the following locations have been confirmed as host sites:
Adams-Brown-Highland Counties - Location: North Adams High School, 96 Green Devil Drive, Seaman, OH 45679
Coshocton County - Location: OSU Extension- Coshocton County Office Conference Room, 724 South 7th Street, Room 110, Coshocton, OH 43812
Crawford County - Location: Crawford County Court House, Lower Level Law Library, 112 East Mansfield St., Suite 303, Bucyrus, OH 44820
Fairfield County - Location: OSU Extension-Fairfield Co., 831 College Ave., Lancaster, OH 43130-1081
Fayette County - Location: Fayette County Agricultural Service Center, 1415 US 22 SW, Washington C.H., Ohio 43160
Holmes County - Location: Holmes County Extension Office, Meeting Room, 75 East Clinton Street, Suite 109, Millersburg, OH 44654
Huron County - Location: Huron County Administration Building, 180 Milan Ave., Suite1, Norwalk, OH 44857.
Morgan County - Location: OSU Extension-Morgan Co., 155 E. Main St., Suite 320, McConnelsville, OH 43756-0179
Morrow County - Location: OSU Extension-Morrow Co., 871 Marion Rd., Suite 102, Mt. Gilead, OH 43338-1088
Muskingum County - Location: OSU Extension-Muskingum Co., 225 Underwood St., Zanesville, OH 43701-3789
Stark County - Location: USDA Service Center, 2650 Richville Drive SE, Massillon, OH 44646
Wayne County - Location: Wayne County Administration Building, Commissioner's Meeting Room, 428 West Liberty Street, Wooster, OH 44691-5092
- Location: OSU Extension-Williams Co., 1122 W. High St., Bryan, OH 43506