Cattlemen Youth Programs
One of the more successful programs is being run by the Ohio Cattlemen's Association and is run by Stephanie Sindel, who recently told the NCBA about the programs and why they are so important.
BEST (Beef Exhibitor Show Total) is a youth program of the Ohio Cattlemen's Association (OCA) that recognizes Ohio's junior beef exhibitors for participation and placings through a series of sanctioned cattle shows that include showmanship competitions. Juniors who participate in these sanctioned shows earn points for their placings. Points are tabulated for cattle, showmanship, registered Bred & Owned animals and first or second year BEST participants in a separate Novice division for market animals, heifers and showmanship. The program promotes consistency for exhibitors at sanctioned shows hosted by county associations or agricultural groups and clubs. These points are tabulated and posted at www.ohiocattle.org.
The BEST program is coordinated by a committee that is appointed by the OCA board of directors. BEST provides an environment for friendly competition and success while serving as an opportunity to create the next generation of leaders by educating juniors on beef industry issues, promoting family membership and participation in the OCA and rewarding the successful accomplishments and hard work of Ohio's young cattlemen. Additional areas of opportunity are offered through BEST with Junior Representative positions, scholarships and a photography competition for participants to showcase their talent.
The the Ohio Cattlemen's Association Youth Beef Exhibitor Show started in 1999 with the goal of Youth education and leadership development