MARYSVILLE, Ohio – Katie Frey recently participated in the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation Young Cattlemen’s Conference as a delegate from Williams County. Katie went to the University of Findlay where she received her degree in Animal Science. Katie co-owns Rocking “F” Cattle Company with her parents.
The conference kicked off Thursday evening at the Crowne Plaza North in Columbus. The dinner was made possible by event sponsors, Pioneer, the Ohio Soybean Council and Farm Credit Mid-America, and the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association. Participants were witness to the 2012 Ohio State Fair Commercial Cattle Show carcass awards presentation.
Guest speaker Daren Williams, Executive Director of Communications of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), followed the awards presentation, challenging young producers to get involved in the opportunities of today’s beef industry.
Friday morning, delegates participated in a spokesperson training program led by Williams. Williams led participants through mock media interviews and provided them with the tools necessary to effectively share their story with any consumer audience.
Following lunch, participants traveled to the Ohio State House where they met with Senator Bob Peterson, 17th District. Senator Peterson spoke about current Ohio legislation affecting the beef cattle industry and the future of agriculture in Ohio.
Friday evening, YCC members attended Beef Night at the Ballpark at Huntington Park. They promoted beef to consumers and cheered the Columbus Clippers to victory.
On Saturday morning, delegates arrived at The Ohio State University where they were led through a mini Beef 509 course taught by Caitlin Bushman, Ohio State University Meat Science instructor. The group learned about the leading factors affecting meat quality, grading, price, flavor and tenderness. They also had the unique opportunity to view the grand and reserve champion beef carcasses from the 2012 Ohio State Fair.
John Grimes, Ohio Beef Extension Educator, discussed with participants the current issues in Ohio’s beef industry.
Delegates then took a tour of the Woody Hayes Athletic Facility, learning more about the history of Ohio State Football.
Ohio Beef Council staff led attendees through a discussion regarding OBC’s role in checkoff collection and current beef promotional efforts in Ohio. The conference concluded with a discussion led by OCA staff highlighting the value of membership.
The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association is an affiliate of the NCBA and is the state’s spokesperson and issues manager for all segments of the beef cattle industry including cattle breeders, producers and feeders. Through OCA, cattle producers work to create a positive business environment, while providing consumers with a safe and wholesome product.
Young cattle farmers interested in attending the 2013 YCC should contact Brian Detty at (614) 873-6736 for details.
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