Best of the Buckeye
Ohio’s Premier Bred, Born & Raised Steer and Heifer Youth Event
Hosted by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association in conjunction with the Ohio Beef Expo and the Ohio State Fair.
Best of the Buckeye (400 KB)Program
- The Best of the Buckeye program will recognize the top placing Ohio calves in each breed division at the Ohio Beef Expo and the Ohio State Fair along with the exhibitors and breeders.
- Best of the Buckeye calves may be exhibited at both the Ohio Beef Expo and Ohio State Fair or either show. Best of the Buckeye premiums are paid at each show.
- Note: Best of the Buckeye is a separate program from the OCA BEST Program, however BEST participants are encouraged to nominate qualifying cattle for Best of the Buckeye.
MissionTo promote the exhibition of Ohio bred & born and registered steers and heifers. To recognize the top Ohio bred, born & raised steers and heifers and the breeders in each breed division at the Ohio Beef Expo and the Ohio State Fair.
- Provide Ohio seedstock breeders with an enhanced marketing opportunity for Ohio bred & born and registered steers and heifers.
- Create a source of more moderately priced show steers and heifers by providing a program with awards and prestige.
- Attract new participants interested in showing at the Ohio Beef Expo and/or the Ohio State Fair.
Who is eligible?Registered cattle that were calved in Ohio. ET calves and calves out of purchased bred heifers / cows are eligible if they were purchased from and in state breeder and calved in Ohio. Breeders and exhibitors must be OCA members and in good standing with OCA to be eligible. Exhibitors must meet the age requirements for the Ohio Beef Expo and Ohio State Fair Jr. Shows and be an Ohio resident.
Best of the Buckeye FAQs (83 KB)
Cattle must be registered and the breeder of the registered animal must pay a one-time per animal nomination fee. Cattle that are nominated prior to the Ohio Beef Expo by January 15, 2014 and prior to the Ohio State Fair by June 20, 2014 will incur a $25 per head nomination fee. Breeders will have the opportunity to nominate cattle through check-in at the Ohio Beef Expo and at the Ohio State Fair at an increased nomination fee of $50 per head. Breeders must complete a nomination form and sign an affadavit verifying Best of the Buckeye eligibility. Completed early entry nomination forms may be returned to the OCA office. For nomination forms contact OCA or visit www.ohiocattle.org. Animals nominated for Best of the Buckeye will also need to be entered in the Ohio Beef Expo and Ohio State Fair junior shows.
Breeder Nomination Form (152 KB)
Exhibitor Nomination Form (191 KB)
The Ohio Beef Expo and Ohio State Fair will pick the top 3 heifers and steers in each breed division for the Best of the Buckeye program with sponsorships adding additional premiums to the top 3 Best of the Buckeye cattle in each division, Champion-$300, Reserve-$200 and 3rd-$100. Breed Association premiums will be added to the minimum Best of the Buckeye payouts with the understanding the top placing Best of the Buckeye animal in each division will be capped at a premium payout total of $1,500 from the Best of the Buckeye payouts (not including host show premiums). Individuals may also donate to the Best of the Buckeye program through their Ohio breed association. Best of the Buckeye placings will coincide with the show’s class placings. The top 3 animals from each class will come back immediately following the breed’s final drive to show for the Best of the Buckeye final drive.
The Best of the Buckeye program will offer twenty (20) $500 scholarship opportunities for Best of the Buckeye participants to offset the cost of purchasing, raising and exhibiting a Best of the Buckeye nominated calf awarded based on show experience and need. These scholarships will be awarded to participants of all ages, whether they’re just looking for a boost to get started or they’re a more experienced showman, but could just use a little help offsetting the cost of a steer or heifer project. Applications are due on December 2, 2013 and scholarship recipients will be notified in January 2014.
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The program will also offer $1,000 academic scholarships to high school juniors and seniors pursuing a post-high school degree that will be based on academics and extracurricular activities. All scholarship applicants will also be required to submit an essay along with their scholarship application. The scholarship essay topic will be predetermined and posted on the OCA website. The scholarship deadline will be June 15, 2014 and will be presented at the Ohio State Fair.