The BEST Program
2015-2016 Show Schedule (6997 KB)
BEST (Beef Exhibitor Show Total) is a youth program that recognizes Ohio’s junior beef exhibitors through a series of sanctioned steer and heifer shows that include showmanship competition. Juniors who participate in these sanctioned shows earn points for their placings. These points are tracked through a special section on the OCA web site www.ohiocattle.org.
The OCA BEST program promotes educating Ohio’s juniors on beef industry issues, promotes family membership and participation in the OCA and rewards the successful accomplishments and hard work of junior beef producers. The program is also designed to promote consistency between Ohio’s steer and heifer shows.
BEST Opportunities (468 KB)
2014-2015 BEST Brochure (2083 KB)
The BEST program is coordinated by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA). The OCA is a membership organization consisting of beef producing families. It is the beef industry trade organization for the state of Ohio. An affiliate of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, OCA is the state’s spokesperson and issues manager for all segments of the beef cattle industry including cattle breeders, producers and feeders. It is the grassroots policy development organization for the beef business. Through the OCA, cattle producers work to create a positive business environment, while providing consumers with a safe and wholesome product.
The BEST program was started in 1999 with three goals:
- youth education and leadership development
- beef industry youth recognition and awards
- provide a series of shows that have consistent and ethical regulations
BEST sponsors for 2014-2015 are Bob Evans Farms, Farm Credit Mid-America, Franklin Equipment, M. H. Eby, the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Burroughs Frazier Farms and Weaver Livestock.
BEST sponsor M.H. Eby Livestock Trailer will award one lucky BEST participant the free use of a new 26' x 8' Eby livestock trailer for next year's show season at the banquet in June. Participants will be entered in the drawing for every animal nominated in the BEST program, plus an additional entry for each animal shown at each BEST show attended.
Recognition and Awards
A special awards banquet for OCA BEST participants will take place May 9, 2015. At the 2014 awards banquet more than 550 people attended and recognized 160 BEST participants who received program awards consisting of $50,000 in awards, participant gifts and scholarships. In addition, every BEST participant in the final points standings will receive a year end participant gift.