Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) recently held its Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet


The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) recently held its Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet in Columbus, Ohio.  President of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Todd Wilkinson provided an industry update on policy issues. Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Brian Baldridge discussed current programs and new construction at the department. The Top Hand award and scholarship recipients were also announced during the meeting.  

The following were the Top Hands for 2023:

Frank Phelps, Logan County was the top recruiter. 

Additional Top Hand winners were Kolby Brock, Delaware County; Austin Cole, Preble County; John Ferguson, Geauga County; Glen Feichtner, Crawford County; Mark Goecke, Allen County; Sarah Ison, Clermont County;  Jim Jepsen, Fairfield County; Andy Lohr, Crawford County; Allan Robison, Champaign County; Amber Shoemaker, Stark County; Demni Snider, Hardin County; and Becky Vincent, Stark County. 

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation (OCF) awarded 23 scholarships to beef industry youth who have aspirations of pursuing careers in the agriculture and beef industry. 

The following are the 2023 scholarship recipients: 

Cattlemen’s Gala Scholarships 

Megan Becker, Washington County 

Raymond Benecker, Butler County 

Owen Brinker, Wood County 

Sadie Holman, Licking County 

Maria McIntosh, Champaign County 

Charity Moore, Montgomery County 

Delaney Moore, Fairfield County 

Rachel O’Reilly, Geauga County 

McKenzie Pitcock, Muskingum County 

Emma Truance, Gallia County 

Samantha VanVorhis, Wood County 

Zachary Zweibel, Allen County 

Tagged for Greatness Scholarships 

Megan Garrison, Belmont County 

Luke Jennings, Clermont County 

Katelynn Wallace, Miami County 

Skyler Ward, Preble County 

Cattlemen’s Country Club Scholarships 

Harrison Blay, Portage County 

Shala Graham, Licking County 

Delaney Jones, Allen County 

Anna Scheurman, Coshocton County 

Noah Cox Memorial Scholarships 

Makayla Heil, Noble County 

Saltwell Expo Scholarship 

Kayle Jennings, Clermont County 

Cheyenne Myers, Stark County 

Cattlewomen’s Association Scholarships 

Makayla Heil, Noble County 

During the Awards Banquet, attendees celebrated the achievements of their fellow cattlemen. The seven awards presented were as follows: 

Outstanding County – Darke County Cattlemen’s Association 
Sponsored by Ohio Corn and Wheat 

Young Cattleman of the Year – Drs. Stan & Dana Soehnlen, Navarre, Ohio 

Sponsored by Vytelle 

Environmental Stewardship Award – LB Porteus Farms, Coshocton, Ohio 

Sponsored by Sakura Wagyu Farms 

Commercial Cattleman of the Year – Goecke Farms, Spencerville, Ohio 
Sponsored by Allen County Cattlemen’s Association 

Seedstock Producer of the Year – Kingsway Angus, Tiffin, Ohio 

Sponsored by Ohio Angus Association 

Industry Service Award – Virgil Strickler, Columbus, Ohio 

Sponsored by United Producers, Inc. 

Industry Excellence Award – Dr. Steve DeBruin, DVM, Millersport, Ohio 

Sponsored by Fairfield County Cattlemen’s Association 

To learn more about OCA’s award winners or the Annual Meeting, visit www.ohiocattle.org.