The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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May 4, 2014

17th Annual Northern Classic Steer & Heifer Show a success

Hello, Ashtabula County! On March 26, the Ashtabula County Cattlemen’s Association held the 17th Annual Northern Classic Steer & Heifer Show at the Ashtabula County Fairgrounds.

This show was started in 1998 to give youth under the age of 21 to practice showing their beef heifers and steers which they will ultimately show at the county fair later in the summer.

Every year, we hear positive comments about the quality of show which our Ashtabula County Cattlemen’s Association conducts and this year was no exception.

We had 52 youngsters from three states show 63 animals at this day-long show.

We had 24 youth from Pennsylvania, 21 from Ohio and 7 from New York. From Ohio, youth from Ashtabula, Trumbull, Geauga, Lake, Trumbull, Portage, and Columbiana counties showed.

Jackson Mattocks from Guys Mill, Pennsylvania showed the Champion Heifer and Maria Angelo from Venango, Pennsylvania showed the Reserve Champion Heifer.

Nathan Hoelscher from Eden, NY showed the Champion Steer and Carmen Marino exhibited the Reserve Champion Steer.

We had a nice class of Ashtabula County youth showing their steers. Congratulations to Avery March whose steer won the County Class.

The youth were also able to practice their showmanship skills with Maria Angelo winning the 17-21 year old division and Matt Powers from Butler, PA winning the 13-16 year old class.

However, the showmanship class I enjoyed watching the most was the 12 and younger showmanship class won by Kali Rankin of Centerville, Pennsylvania.

This class included two 6-year-olds. These tiny girls were not fazed at all and held their own against kids much older than them.

This show would not be possible if it was not for the support of local businesses in Northeast, Ohio.

The Champion and Reserve Champion Awards were sponsored by Universal Disposal, Country Creek Cattle, Country Cowboy Café, Countryside Vet Clinic, Ferguson Show Cattle, and Bortnick Tractor Sales.

Additional sponsors of the event included: Advanced Fabrication Solutions, Andover Bank, Ashtabula County Ag Society, Bobs Food Court, Century Acres Farm, Cherry Valley Processing, Farm Credit Services, Highland Livestock Supply, HiTecMetal Group, Kanicki Cattle Company, K&R Show Cattle, McCaskey Landscape & Design, Livestock Plus, North Coast Animal Bedding, O’Reilly Equipment LLC, Piper Processing, Rollin’ Smoke BarBQ, Rome Feed, Skyview Farm, Smith Creek Farms, Spellman Trucking, and Valley Feed Mill. Thanks to each of our sponsors for their support of this event.

During the event, it was announced the show will be renamed in memory of Joe Bodnar. In the future, this show will be called the Joe Bodnar Memorial Northern Classic Steer & Heifer Show.

Joe passed away from complications of a stroke on March 8, 2014. Joe was the driving force to start this show 17 years ago. He was also a founding member of the Cattlemen’s Association and served as the President for many years.

Besides his work for our beef industry, Joe was a key leader for our 4-H Youth program. He was the President of the Ashtabula County 4-H Foundation, member of the OSU Extension Advisory Committee and was a long time 4-H advisor for the Prime Bovine 4-H Club.

We all miss Joe and I am glad the directors voted to rename the show in his honor.

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