GREENVILLE — Food, door prizes, scholarships, and the crowning of a new queen were among the festivities at the 2016 Darke County Cattlemen’s Association annual banquet, held Monday night at the American Legion Hall in Greenville.
The Darke County Cattlemen’s Association advocates for beef producers in the county. It also sponsors a number of youth activities, including cattle exhibitions at the Darke County Fair.
2015 Cattlemen’s Association Queen Marlee Hess helped crown 2016 Queen Shelby Manning. Lily George was named first runner up.
Awards were also handed out to the organization’s Junior and Senior Herdsman.
Jenna Godown won the Junior Herdsman award, with Colby Manning and Luke Brinksneader named first and second runners up, respectively.
In addition to being named queen, Shelby Manning also received the Senior Herdsman award. Senior Herdsman runners up included (from first runner up to fifth runner up): Kelsy Crandall, Jared Godown, Ian Gehrer, Krisney Gwin, and Trevor Mann.
The association awarded educational scholarships to Kelsy Crandall, Krisney Gwin and Lily George.
Lewis May was honored with the association’s Director’s Award.
Director of Beef Genetics at ST Genetics Aaron Arnett, was the banquet’s guest speaker. He discussed trends in semen collection as well as beef cuts and grading.
The evening finished with auctions and door prizes for attendees.
The Darke County Cattlemen’s Association is a member of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA), first known as the Ohio Cattle Feeders Association, which was established in 1951.
OCA is a non-profit membership organization that represents the business interests and way of life important to farm families that raise cattle. It serves as the voice and issues manager for all of Ohio’s beef cattle business including cattle breeders, producers and feeders. It is the beef industry’s grassroots policy development organization and is an affiliate of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.
The association services more than 2,200 families throughout Ohio and surrounding states and nearly 60 county affiliates. It communicates through various publications and social media. The association strives to maintain profitability and growth of Ohio’s beef industry, while providing consumers with safe and wholesome beef.
The OCA website is www.ohiocattle.org. For more information about the Darke County Cattlemen’s Association, contact Secretary Cheryl Campbell by phone at 937-338-3155.
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