Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) invites all who have an interest in Ohio’s cattle industry to Mercer County, Ohio for this year’s Roundup, August 28 and 29, 2015, featuring farm tours, sessions with industry leaders, great food, and time with fellow cattlemen.Roundup begins Friday evening, August 28, at Romer’s Catering & Entertainment Facility in Celina, Ohio. Dinner featuring a Mercer County wedding supper will be served at 7 p.m. Following dinner, Representative Jim Buchy, Ohio House of Representatives, 84th District, will provide an overview of the water quality issues facing Ohio and the proactive steps agriculture has taken to address these issues. Attendees will also hear from NCBA’s Colin Woodall, Vice President of Government Affairs. Colin will provide a legislative update on Waters of the United States, trade, Country-of-Origin Labeling and other important issues. Roundup speakers are sponsored by Farm Credit Mid-America.An auction to benefit the NCBA and OCA Political Action Committees will take place on Friday night and will feature Ohio State football tickets.Saturday morning registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at Romer’s Catering & Entertainment Facility. Breakfast will be sponsored by United Producers, Inc. and United Producers Credit Services.Kate Maher, Senior Director of Member Services with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, will start things off with a discussion on NCBA member benefits and opportunities.An overview of local water quality initiatives will be provided by Terry Mescher, Conservation Engineer with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Abbey Tobe, Grand Lake/Wabash Watershed Coordinator for the Mercer County Soil and Water Conservation District. Travis Spicer, Mercer County Landmark, will discuss the growth of cattle feeding in the county.Following the water quality discussion, the first round of bus tours will take place, allowing attendees to see two of four designated locations.A hamburger lunch will be provided when attendees return from the first round of tours. Lunch is sponsored by Elanco.Milt Miller, Grand Lake St. Marys Restoration Commission Manager, will take the floor after lunch to give a presentation on Lake Improvement Association success stories.At 1:30 p.m., attendees will load the buses for the second round of farm tours.Farms included on the tour are:The Boeckman farm is operated by Kevin, his wife Angie and two children, Cody and Gina. The family took over the farm that was at one time a poultry layer operation, from Kevin’s father. As the poultry barns became outdated, they decided to remodel and turn the barns into a calf nursery. About 10 years ago, the Boeckman family started raising 50 calves three times per year and over time grew the operation into 290 calves per group with 5.5 turns per year. Once they had their feet under them with raising baby calves, they decided to expand the operation and built a 300 head grower barn to house the calves until they weighed 600 pounds. The Boeckman’s work closely with the owner of the calves which is Angie’s brother Jeff Siefring. All three phases of the Boeckman’s operations will be on display at the Roundup — nursery barns, weaned barn, and grower barn.The Siefring farm is operated by Jeff, his wife Julie and three children, Taylor, Marcus, and Dylan. Also, involved in the operation is Jeff’s dad Mark and his uncle Ron. Mark & Ron started the farm with a few sows, cattle, and an 80 cow milking operation. In the past 10 years, Jeff has been gradually taking over and expanding the operation into a 2,000 head hog finishing barn, grain storage, and cattle barns, some new and some remodeled. The farm currently runs a 900 head Holstein finishing operation. The family also grain farms 1,800 acres and rents three other cattle finishing facilities. The Siefring’s own and supply the Boeckman operation with calves. The Roundup tour will start with the three phases at the Boeckman farm and continue as the cattle grow to slaughter weight at the Siefring farm.Kahlig Farms located west of Coldwater is owned by John, Jim and Tom Kahlig and sons and consists of over 2,000 acres, along with cattle and hog operations. Forty years ago the sons of Ray Kahlig took over the family farm of 320 acres that milked cows and fed cattle. Today, they own and feed out over 800 head of Holstein feeders, plus feed 11,000 head of contract hogs. The new slat barn that holds 240 head of Holsteins is the focus of this tour stop that includes air-flow concrete walls around the barn. Jim Kahlig designed the walls and has a patent pending. The Kahligs also operate three rigs for custom nutrient application which pumps nearly 150 million gallons of manure per year from Darke County to Paulding County.Three generations of the Jim and Margie Fennig family have been involved in breeding and exhibiting high quality show cattle for over 40 years. Their herd of 40 cows is made up of Maine-Anjou, Simmental and crossbreds that continue to produce the winning kind. The Fennig family was the recent recipient of the 2014 Mercer County Cattleman of the Year award. This family has produced cattle that went on to be AI sires and win titles at national shows including Denver. The top selling bull at the 2014 Ohio Beef Expo Maine-Anjou sale came from this herd. Jim’s sons, Gary, Todd, Ryan and Mike, along with Gary’s son Adam and their families are all involved in the Fennig operations that includes crop insurance and an Ag equipment dealership. The Fennig’s are also involved in a cover crop program for water quality.At the completion of the tours, those in attendance will return to Romer’s for an ice cream sundae bar.Registration deadline for this event is Aug. 14, 2015. Friday night is $10 per person for OCA members and non-members. The cost on Saturday is $25 for OCA members and $35 for non-members. All registrations at the door will be $35. For more information about the Roundup or to register call the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association at (614) 873-6736 or email [email protected] A full description of the schedule of events, online registration and a downloadable registration form can also be found at www.ohiocattle.org/announcements/oca-summer-roundup.OCA appreciates the support from sponsors: Farm Credit Mid-America, United Producers, Inc., United Producers Credit Services and Elanco.
Drunken Duel Inspector Abdul Subhan of the Kenberi Police Station near Bangalore, Karnataka, is practising keeping up a firm guard these days, and is probably jerking his elbows up and down before his mirror every morning before putting on his cap and striding off to duty. The reason for Subhan’s,Drunken DuelInspector Abdul Subhan of the Kenberi Police Station near Bangalore, Karnataka, is practising keeping up a firm guard these days, and is probably jerking his elbows up and down before his mirror every morning before putting on his cap and striding off to duty. The reason for Subhan’s newly-found enthusiasm for the sport is Krishnamurthy.Krishnamurthy, waltzed into the police station one evening, bleeding from the head and obviously tanked up to the gills. He did a short cha-cha-cha before Subhan and then told him that he wanted to lodge a complaint because a gang had thrown sodawater bottles at him. Subhan looked him over, then went inside to fetch the complaint book.While he was rummaging for it, Krishnamurthy had recovered enough to flip his pack of cigarettes out his pocket and light up, so that when Subhan came out of the inner room, a smoke ring nearly strangled him. Subhan gasped for breath and told Krishnamurthy to stop smoking.Perhaps the haze of blue had distorted the young man’s vision so that Subhan looked like a sodawater bottle to him, because he let fly with his right. Subhan out for the count, K.O. Fifteen minutes later Krishnamurthy, now sober and sans cha-cha-cha, was also K.O. – in his cell.Cops’N’ RobbersNight, dark and ominous. A few ghosts flitting here and there, a few cats having it out with each other in the garbage can and a solitary owl talking about melancholy from a tree. And Mr and Mrs Gauri Shanker in their house in Ashok Vihar, New Delhi, fast asleep, like all good souls and true, at 3 p.m. in the morning.But hark, what is that creeping like a bad conscience across yonder balcony? Thief, thief! Mr Gauri Shanker rises, shakes away the bad dream, discovers it isn’t a bad dream, wakes up Mrs Gauri Shanker who starts up trembling and reaches for the rolling pin. No rolling pin. But, as it happens, rolling pin not needed because thief not thief but policeman.advertisementApparently, what had happened was that a few constables on guard duty had seen someone suspicious in the dead of the night. He had disappeared into a house and the policemen, sticking bravely to their duty had gone after him. The Gauri Shanker policeman had shinned up the sewage pipes of their house and was creeping across the balcony in search of the thief.Even as the Gauri Shankers were having their social get-together with the police, other householders were sharing jokes with other sociable guardians of the law on other balconies not so far away. An officer supervised refreshments. The thief, however, wasn’t caught. Maybe the police are saving that pleasure for other spooky nights in the future.Prickly ProblemIt is a story that the thriller writers of the West, so much into mysticism these days, would love to document in a paperback. A young woman, lately married to a man who has no steady job, has what appears to be an unlimited supply of sewing needles in her right breast. Uma Joshi, 19, of Modassa in Sabarkantha district of Gujarat, has been to an Ahmedabad hospital seven times in the last eight months, and doctors there have removed needles from her flesh – 16 in all.As Joshi tells it, once in a while she sees two men coming to her when she is trying to sleep. They pin her down and push the needles into her breast. She used to cry out for help, and her mother would come in and find nobody. The doctors attending on Joshi – her surgeon Dr Umesh Thakkar and her psychiatrist Dr Rajesh Manjiar – feel that Joshi is introducing the needles when she is asleep.Her relatives, feel that Joshi is a victim of black magic. They took her to Himat Shah Bapu in Ahmedabad famous for his cures of people afflicted with black magic. A three-week ceremony notwithstanding, the needles continue to appear. Damien Karras, where are you?Naked CourageAmeeruddin, a 22-year-old rickshaw-puller of Hyderabad, is a most daring man. And shoppers and shopkeepers in the Bazarghat area of Hyderabad will long remember the day he took a stroll in their midst. It was all done for Rs 30. Ameeruddin made a wager: he offered to walk in the nude to a paan shop, buy a paan and walk back, still in the nude. Stripping to his tanned skin, Ameeruddin set out.The young man walked at a leisurely pace – not streaking, just a slow, steady, measured tread. He brought eyes popping out of their sockets, and a number of screeches as car brakes were applied. He bought the paan from a giggling shopkeeper, and was turning to go back when the law intervened.advertisementA few householders after watching Ameeruddin’s brazen swagger under their windows had obviously felt that the baser instincts were being encouraged and had got on the blower. But Ameeruddin’s daring instincts will live long in Bazarghat’s memory. read more