Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) invites all who have an interest in Ohio’s cattle industry to Jackson County, Ohio for this year’s Roundup, August 26-27, 2016. This year combines two great events, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) annual beef and forage program and the OCA Roundup. It will feature a beef and forage night, farm tours, sessions with industry leaders, great food, and time with fellow cattlemen.Roundup begins Friday evening, August 26, at the Jackson Agricultural Research Station in Jackson. Registration will occur from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. and OCA Allied Industry Council (AIC) representatives will be present to talk with cattlemen. Dinner will be served starting at 5 p.m. Following dinner at 6 p.m., the program and tour will feature speakers from The Ohio State University and OSU Extension Beef Team Members. Justin Kieffer, Clinical Veterinarian, Professional Practice, Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University, will discuss the impacts of the upcoming Veterinary Feed Directive that is effective in 2017 and what producers should be doing to plan ahead. Scott Payne, JARS Manager and OSU Extension Beef Team Member, will review the management and economic considerations associated with raising replacement females from within the herd. Steve Boyles, OSU Animal Science and OSU Extension Beef Team Member, will address the importance of proper heifer nutrition from weaning through breeding season as a yearling until she calves as a two year old. Last, Tony Parker, OSU Animal Science and OSU Extension Beef Team Member, will review the increased nutritional demands of a first-calf heifer that will allow her to deliver a healthy calf, lactate, rebreed, and continue to mature to her genetic potential. Roundup speakers are sponsored by Farm Credit Mid-America.At the conclusion of the program Friday, all attendees are invited to attend the Roundup Social at Rowdy’s Smokehouse in Jackson. The social will include music, food, drinks, and a shuttle service. The Friday evening social is sponsored by: United Producers, Inc., Boehringer-Ingelheim and Frazier Farms.Saturday morning registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Jackson Agricultural Research Station.Henry Zerby, Chair of the Department of Animal Sciences, with The Ohio State University, will start things off with a department update and introduce new faculty that are focusing on beef cattle research and outreach programs for cattlemen. He will also update attendees on plans for the new OSU beef facilities.An overview of policy and event updates will be provided by Colin Woodall, Vice President of Government Affairs, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). He will provide an election update and discuss the importance of trade and the passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to the beef industry and other issues important to cattle producers. An auction to benefit the NCBA and OCA Political Action Committees will take place on Saturday morning and will feature Ohio State football tickets and Coach Urban Meyer signed items.A ribeye steak sandwich lunch will be provided and prepared by the Jackson Co. Cattlemen and is sponsored by Union Stock Yards. Following lunch, attendees will load the buses for the farm tours. At approximately 4:30 p.m., attendees will return to OARDC and depart for home.Farms included on the tour are:• The Spurlock farm located near Oak Hill is operated by father and son, Bob and Tyson Spurlock and their families. The farm was established in 1954 and consists of 650 acres. It features a 175 head cow-calf operation. In addition, the Scurlock’s operate a fertilizer and ag lime business. The farm markets their calves as feeders and purchases only replacement females and bulls. The operation feeds mostly round bales and wet-wrapped hay.• The Sonny Russ Farm is a family cattle backgrounding operation started in 1970. The farm featured as one of this year’s tour stops is located near Jackson and is predominantly a stocker operation. Each year Russ Farms backgrounds over 1,000 calves and grazes about 750 to 800 stocker calves. They also operate a small cow-calf herd. Their marketing system includes direct marketing, feeder calf sales, and retained ownership. The farm stockpiles fescue to extend their grazing season and uses frost seedings to improve the farm’s forage base.Registration deadline for this event is Aug. 15, 2016. Friday night is $10 per person for OCA members and non-members. The cost on Saturday is $25 for OCA members and $35 for non-members. All registrations at the door will be $35. For more information about the Roundup or to register call the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association at (614) 873-6736 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. A full description of the schedule of events, online registration and a downloadable registration form can also be found at www.ohiocattle.org/Events-and-Programs/roundup.OCA appreciates the support from sponsors: Armstrong Ag & Supply, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Farm Credit Mid-America, Frazier Farms, Union Stock Yards and United Producers, Inc.
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LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment When TIFF created its Platform program of lovingly curated and modestly competitive films two summers ago, it did so without serious consideration of the Oscars.The whole point of the exercise was almost anti-Oscar. The program is a showcase for quality international cinema, featuring a dozen great films that might otherwise escape attention during the awards-season frenzy.But last year’s Platform crop yielded Barry Jenkins’ lyrical coming-of-ager Moonlight, which scored eight Oscar nominations and three wins, Best Picture among them. Facebook Advertisement Advertisement The section also had Pablo Larrain’s Camelot tragedy Jackie, which received three Oscar nominations, including a Best Actress nom for Natalie Portman. And both films won many other industry prizes and kudos.So where does Platform go after hitting the heights and striking gold? I put the question to Cameron Bailey, TIFF’s artistic director, as the festival this week announced the 12 films for the program’s third edition, running during the 42nd annual Toronto International Film Festival (Sept. 7-17). Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: