MARYSVILLE, Ohio — The 2015-2016 Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) BEST (Beef Exhibitor Show Total) Program wrapped up on May 7 with its annual awards banquet, held at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus.
“The banquet is a time to celebrate the many achievements of our BEST participants, both in and out of the show ring,” said BEST coordinator, Stephanie Sindel. “Each participant is recognized for their hard work by family, friends and BEST supporters alike.”
Several representatives from program sponsors, Bob Evans Farms, Burroughs Frazier Farms, Farm Credit Mid-America, M.H. Eby, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Weaver Livestock, were on hand to help present awards totaling more than $50,000 in belt buckles, luggage, show materials and other awards.
This year’s BEST program featured 15 sanctioned shows that weaved across the state with over 550 youth participants showing 740 head of market animals and heifers.
The following Scioto County youth were recognized:
Andrew, David and Elijah Brown received the BEST Novice sponsorship, which is awarded to first or second year BEST program participants. Eligible participants submitted an essay that was reviewed by a panel of judges that ranked the scholarship applications. The selected participants received a scholarship worth $105 to cover the cost of their family’s Ohio Cattlemen’s Association membership. As well as one head BEST nomination fee valued at $45. The participants were able to redeem their scholarship at the first BEST show they attended. The Novice scholarship program is sponsored by Weaver Leather Livestock.
Matthew Koverman of Minford owns this year’s third overall Percentage Simmental Heifer. His calf is a March, Broker heifer. He is the son of Mike and Amanda Koverman.
Jacob LeBrun showed his Angus steer to third overall Novice Market Animal honors, as well as Reserve Champion Angus Steer. His steer is sired by Blue Chip. He also earned the third overall Angus Heifer award. Jacob is the son of Daren LeBrun from Lucasville.
The fifth overall Novice Heifer and fourth overall MaineTainer Heifer belongs to Rufus Levi Tackett. Levi finished with his March, heifer out of I-80. He was also awarded the fifth overall Market Heifer title. He is the son of Rufus Tackett from Otway.