If you have been following us for any length of time, you know that we show in the Ohio Cattlemen's Association BEST program each winter. So far, we have been showing our Miniature Herefords in the All Other Breeds (AOB) class. It has certainly been a challenge for us to compete against the full-sized cattle, but one that we have embraced.
This summer we got word that the Ohio Cattlemen's Association has voted to add a class to the BEST program for miniature cattle. This class will include Miniature Herefords, Lowlines and Scottish Highlands. It is a challenge for judges to place the miniature cattle alongside the full-sized cattle, and some have done better with that than others. Although the judges will still be placing different breeds against each other, they will all have the characteristics of the miniature cattle.
We are very excited that the Ohio Cattlemen's Association has recognized the importance and continued growth of the miniature cattle industry. We have certainly seen a change in attitude amongst participants since we have been attending, and hope to see continued recognition and growth of our breed through this opportunity.
The BEST program is basically a winter cattle show circuit where kids can accumulate points for an overall title. Here is a little about how the program works.
We are very grateful for the opportunity that the Ohio Cattlemen's Association has given us with this new class. We have all heard the comments from those that may not understand why we have Miniature Herefords. They are rapidly gaining popularity in the Midwest and Eastern part of the United States, and this is our opportunity to promote the breed and to educate others on the importance of miniature cattle.
With this great privilege also comes great responsibility. We can only keep this miniature class if people show up. There are already talks of adding more opportunities for miniature cattle shows here in Ohio if this class takes off. If we do not use this opportunity, we will lose it.
Don't be intimidated. Everyone has to start somewhere. It was just 3 years ago that we arrived at our first show with the "deer in the headlights" look. Not only did we survive, others took us under their wings, we learned so much, made great friends and now we are hooked on a fantastic program.
If you have any questions about the OCA BEST program or are interested in showing, please contact us or Stephanie at the OCA office. We are all working toward the same goal of making this new class a success.
Hello! I am Heather... the city girl turned mom to manure loving country boys. My husband and I both grew up in the city, but spent weekends visiting grandparents in the country. We are first generation farmers who learn best by almost always doing things the hard way. I hope you enjoy following along with our adventures down on the farm.