COLUMBUS — The 2017-2018 Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) BEST (Beef Exhibitor Show Total) Program wrapped up May 5 with its annual awards banquet held at the Ohio Expo Center.
“The banquet is a time to celebrate the many achievements of our BEST participants, both in and out of the show ring,” said Stephanie Sindel, OCA Director of Youth Programs. “Each participant is recognized for their hard work by family, friends and BEST supporters alike.”
This year’s BEST program featured 15 sanctioned shows that weaved its way across the state with over 523 youth participants showing 749 head of market animals and heifers.
The OCA BEST program functions with the strong backing of the BEST Committee. Greene County residents serving on the BEST Committee include Brandon Corry. During the BEST awards banquet, the new junior representatives for the 2018–2019 season were announced; Greene County’s Sarah Harner continues for her second term.
BEST is a youth program of the OCA that recognizes Ohio’s junior beef exhibitors through a series of shows. Juniors who participate in these sanctioned shows earn points for their placing at each show. The OCA BEST program promotes educating Ohio’s juniors about the beef industry’s issues and rewards the successful accomplishments and hard work of those junior beef producers.