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It’s All About the Beef

Beef ExpoThe 26th Annual Ohio Beef Expo was held March 15-17th in Columbus, Ohio, which is an event produced by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association. This event features trade show exhibitors, a genetics exhibit, breed shows and displays, seedstock sales, seminars, a junior show, and various youth events. One of the best things about this event is that it is FREE!

Trade Show

The trade show portion of the expo utilizes both indoor and outdoor space where participants can set up booths promoting their businesses.  This allows business owners to meet and interact with existing customers as well as engage in conversations with potential customers. At this year’s expo, over 100 businesses participated in the trade show, and booths ranged from agricultural supply companies to farm-related organizations. The genetics exhibit called “Genetic Pathway” features exhibitors who specialize in the genetics aspect of beef cattle.

Shows and Sales

Breed shows and displays give visitors the chance to check out different breeds of cattle. Breeds that were shown or displayed included Gelbvieh, Limousin, Angus, Murray, Miniature, Lowline, Beefalo, Charolais, and Piedmontese. One of the biggest events of the weekend was the seedstock sales. This event features purebred cattle from breeds including Angus, Chianina, Hereford, Limousin, Maine-Anjou, Shorthorn, and Simmental. The Ohio Beef Expo Junior Show is one of the largest of its kind in Ohio, and last year junior participants showed over 600 steers and heifers.

Overall, the 26th Ohio Beef Expo was a success with something for everyone ranging from those in the industry to families who are just curious about the beef industry. For more information visit Ohio Beef Expo’s website.

Have you ever been to the Ohio State Beef Expo? Share your experience. We would love to hear from you!

This post was written by guest author, Amber Hockman, who is a senior at Muskingum University studying business and economics.

*Photo courtesy of Dawn Breagel