Local breeders recognized for cattle

XENIA — Three Greene County breeders were among the winners at the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Best of the Buckeye show at the Ohio Beef Expo during the junior show March 18.

Ben Harner of Xenia was the champion shorthorn heifer breeder and had a total premium of $300.

Greenhorn Cattle Company of Bellbrook had the reserve champion shorthorn heifer and a total premium of $200.

CampbellCo of Cedarville had the third overall percent simmental heifer.

The Best of the Buckeye program is coordinated by OCA and held in conjunction with the Ohio Beef Expo and Ohio State Fair. The program recognizes top Ohio bred, born and registered calves, along with the breeder and exhibitor, in each breed division at the two shows. Best of the Buckeye provides Ohio seedstock breeders with an enhanced marketing opportunity for Ohio bred, born and registered steers and heifers, creates a source of more moderately priced show steers and heifers by providing a program with awards and prestige, and attracts new participants interested in showing at the Ohio Beef Expo and/or the Ohio State Fair.

New for the 2018 program, a breeder recognition category has been added. All nominating breeders will be recognized on the website at ohiocattle.org and will also be recognized for their honors achieved with the cattle they sell and nominate for the program. All participating breeders are invited to attend the first Best of the Buckeye Breeder Reception preceding the Cattlemen’s Gala Aug. 25 at Leeds Farm in Ostrander.