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MARYSVILLE, OH -- The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) hosted the Best of the Buckeye show at the Ohio State Fair on July 26 through August 6 during the junior shows. The Best of the Buckeye program is coordinated by OCA and held in conjunction with the Ohio Beef Expo and Ohio State Fair. The Best of the Buckeye program had a strong year with more than 260 head of cattle nominated by youth and breeders, adding more registered animals to the show and doubling the number of classes for several breeds.

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.

This year’s generous sponsors are Garwood Cattle Co., heifer division; Jones Show Cattle and R.D. Jones Excavating, steer division; and Ohio CAT and Ohio Ag Equipment, scholarship division. $30,000 will be presented between the two shows in the form of premiums, scholarships and awards. Every winning Best of the Buckeye exhibitor received a basic premium of $300 for champion, $200 for reserve champion, and $100 for third overall. The Ohio Angus Association also contributed additional premiums. OCA would like to thank these sponsors for contributing to a successful year of the Best of the Buckeye program. The local winners of the Ohio State Fair event were as follows:

HEIFERS:

Champion Angus Heifer, exhibited by Sydney Sanders, Leesburg, Ohio. Bred by Maplecrest Farms, Hillsboro, Ohio. Total Premium: $500*

Reserve Champion Angus Heifer, exhibited by Carly Sanders, Leesburg, Ohio. Bred by Maplecrest Farms, Hillsboro, Ohio. Total Premium: $325*

Third Overall Angus Heifer, exhibited by Darcy Howser Mt. Orab, Ohio. Bred by Maplecrest Farms, Hillsboro, Ohio. Total Premium: $175*

Champion Chianina Heifer, exhibited by Kathy Lehman, Shelby, Ohio. Bred by Garwood Cattle Company, Columbiana, Ohio. Total Premium: $300

Reserve Champion Chianina Heifer, exhibited by Allison Davis, Carrollton, Ohio. Bred by Massie Creek Cattle, Cedarville, Ohio. Total Premium: $200

Third Overall Chianina Heifer, exhibited by Tucker Shepard, Napoleon, Ohio. Bred by Schroeder Show Cattle, Col. Grove, Ohio. Total Premium: $100

Champion Hereford Heifer, exhibited by Maddox Cupp, Lancaster, Ohio. Bred by Jones Show Cattle, Harrod, Ohio. Total Premium: $300

Reserve Champion Hereford Heifer, exhibited by Kyle Piscione, Burbank, Ohio. Bred by Soehnlen Cattle Company, Navarre, Ohio. Total Premium: $200

Third Overall Hereford Heifer, exhibited by Kady Davis, Carrollton, Ohio. Bred by Pugh Central Station, Louisville, Ohio. Total Premium: $100

Champion Limousin Heifer, exhibited by Emma Gurney, Attica, Ohio. Bred by VanHorn Limousin, Malta, Ohio. Total Premium: $300

Reserve Champion Limousin Heifer, exhibited by Emma Gurney, Attica, Ohio. Bred by Emma Gurney, Attica, Ohio. Total Premium: $200

Champion Lim-Flex Heifer, exhibited by Emma Gurney, Attica, Ohio. Bred by VanHorn Limousin, Malta, Ohio. Total Premium: $100

Champion High % Maine-Anjou Heifer, exhibited by Caitlin Schaub, Wapakoneta, Ohio. Bred by Jones Show Cattle, Harrod, Ohio. Total Premium: $300

Reserve Champion High % Maine-Anjou Heifer, exhibited by Hanna Schroeder, Col. Grove, Ohio. Bred by Ali Muir, Waynesfield, Ohio. Total Premium: $200

Third Overall High % Maine-Anjou Heifer, exhibited by Avery Wood, Sabina, Ohio. Bred by Cameron Alexander, Sabina, Ohio. Total Premium: $100

Champion MaineTainer Heifer, exhibited by Kathy Lehman, Shelby, Ohio. Bred by Garwood Cattle Company, Columbiana, Ohio. Total Premium: $300

Reserve Champion MaineTainer Heifer, exhibited by Kinley Kreis, Adamsville, Ohio. Bred by Kinley Kreis, Adamsville, Ohio. Total Premium: $200

Third Overall MaineTainer Heifer, exhibited by Alyson Simpson, West Union, Ohio. Bred by Alyson Simpson, West Union, Ohio. Total Premium: $100

Champion Shorthorn Heifer, exhibited by Sarah Harner, Xenia, Ohio. Bred by Ben Harner, Xenia, Ohio. Total Premium: $300

Reserve Champion Shorthorn Heifer, exhibited by Emma Zeedyk, Hicksville, Ohio. Bred by Hadley Levan, Woodstock, Ohio. Total Premium: $200

Third Overall Shorthorn Heifer, exhibited by Fulton Kennedy, Seaman, Ohio. Bred by Fulton Kennedy, Seaman, Ohio. Total Premium: $100

Champion ShorthornPlus Heifer, exhibited by Ashley Peter, Hicksville, Ohio. Bred by Boyert Show Cattle, Seville, Ohio. Total Premium: $300

Reserve Champion ShorthornPlus Heifer, exhibited by Reed Hanes, Celina, Ohio. Bred by Hunt Farms, New Madison Ohio. Total Premium: $200

Third Overall ShorthornPlus Heifer, exhibited by Madison King, Bellefontaine, Ohio. Bred by Durban Cattle Company, W. Jefferson, Ohio. Total Premium: $100

Champion Simmental Heifer, exhibited by Allison Herr, Metamora, Ohio. Bred by Jones Show Cattle, Harrod, Ohio. Total Premium: $300

Reserve Champion Simmental Heifer, exhibited by Hannah Topmiller, Pleasant Plain, Ohio. Bred by Hannah Topmiller, Pleasant Plain, Ohio. Total Premium: $200

Third Overall Simmental Heifer, exhibited by McKaylynne Helmke, New Phil., Ohio. Bred by Neil Wise, New Phil., Ohio. Total Premium: $100

Champion % Simmental Heifer, exhibited by Hudson Drake, Chillicothe, Ohio. Bred by Hara Farms, Dublin, Ohio. Total Premium: $300

Reserve Champion % Simmental Heifer, exhibited by Matthew Koverman, Minford, Ohio. Bred by Hara Farms, Dublin, Ohio. Total Premium: $200

Third Overall % Simmental Heifer, exhibited by Austin Hunker, Bellevue, Ohio. Bred by Garwood Cattle Company, Columbiana, Ohio. Total Premium: $100

Champion AOB Heifer, exhibited by Samantha VanVorhis, Bowling Green, Ohio. Bred by Samantha VanVorhis, Bowling Green, Ohio. Total Premium: $300

Reserve Champion AOB Heifer, exhibited by Lauren Schulte, Ottawa, Ohio. Bred by Levi Richards, Pemberville, Ohio. Total Premium: $200

Third Overall AOB Heifer, exhibited by Mason Love, Baltimore, Ohio. Bred by Mason Love, Baltimore, Ohio. Total Premium: $100

MARKET ANIMALS:

Champion Angus Steer, exhibited by Carly Sanders, Leesburg, Ohio. Bred by Hara Farms, Dublin, Ohio. Total Premium: $550*

Reserve Champion Angus Steer, exhibited by Ty Hawley, Jeromesville, Ohio. Bred by Ty Hawley Show Cattle, Jeromesville, Ohio. Total Premium: $350*

Champion Chianina Steer, exhibited by Montana Hulsmeyer, Harrod, Ohio. Bred by Jones Show Cattle, Harrod, Ohio. Total Premium: $300

Reserve Champion Chianina Steer, exhibited by Kate Hornyak, Chardon, Ohio. Bred by Grauer Show Cattle, Shiloh, Ohio. Total Premium: $200

Third Overall Chianina Steer, exhibited by Alex Linder, Norwalk, Ohio. Bred by Grauer Show Cattle, Shiloh, Ohio. Total Premium: $100

Champion Hereford Steer, exhibited by Hayden Smith, Millersburg, Ohio. Bred by Smith Show Cattle, Millersburg, Ohio. Total Premium: $300

Reserve Champion Hereford Steer, exhibited by Noah Smith, Fremont, Ohio. Bred by Hill & Hollow Farms, Bradford, Ohio. Total Premium: $200

Third Overall Hereford Steer, exhibited by Jacob Wiechart, Ft. Jennings, Ohio. Bred by Hickory Lane Show Cattle, Cloverdale, Ohio. Total Premium: $100

Champion Maine-Anjou Steer, exhibited by Colleen Minges, Oxford, Ohio. Bred by Scott & Barb Stockslager, W. Alexandria, Ohio. Total Premium: $300

Reserve Champion Maine-Anjou Steer, exhibited by Kassidy Thompson, Troy, Ohio. Bred by Thompson Show Cattle, Troy, Ohio. Total Premium: $200

Third Overall Maine-Anjou Steer, exhibited by Adam Kinsman, Archbold, Ohio. Bred by Morgan Cattle Company, Mt. Perry, Ohio. Total Premium: $100

Champion Shorthorn Steer, exhibited by Cole Foor, Pataskala, Ohio. Bred by DJ Show Cattle/Cornerpost Farms, 
Bloomville, Ohio. Total Premium: $300

Reserve Champion Shorthorn Steer, exhibited by Madison King, Bellefontaine, Ohio. Bred by Durban Cattle Company, W. Jefferson, Ohio. Total Premium: $200

Third Overall Shorthorn Steer, exhibited by Logan Schroeder, Defiance, Ohio. Bred by Turner Shorthorns, Somerset, Ohio. Total Premium: $100

Champion ShorthornPlus Steer, exhibited by Garrett Agle, South Charleston, Ohio. Bred by Agle Family Cattle, South Vienna, Ohio. Total Premium: $300

Reserve Champion ShorthornPlus Steer, exhibited by Luke Schroeder, Defiance, Ohio. Bred by Turner Shorthorns, Somerset, Ohio. Total Premium: $200

Third Overall ShorthornPlus Steer, exhibited by Kyle Piscione, Burbank, Ohio. Bred by Piscione Cattle, Burbank, Ohio. Total Premium: $100

Champion Simmental Steer, exhibited by Morgan Mazey, Weston, Ohio. Bred by Prestige/Goff Show Cattle, Crooksville, Ohio. Total Premium: $300

Reserve Champion Simmental Steer, exhibited by Zach Retcher, Defiance, Ohio. Bred by Jones Show Cattle, Harrod, Ohio. Total Premium: $200*

*Indicates additional premiums

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