Dr. Lyda G. Garcia, assistant professor of Meat Science in the Department of Animal Sciences, provided a Mini-Beef 509 class for the 2018 Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC). Garcia provided hands-on learning on how meat is graded, fabrication of wholesale and retail cuts, and other issues that can affect beef quality and pricing. Participants also viewed champion carcasses from the 2018 Ohio State Fair.
“This particular program is very exciting for me. This is my opportunity to share the impacts of livestock production practices on the carcass and meat cuts, which impact the overall economic value based on quality characteristics. This is a common missing point,” said Garcia.
The 2018 Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation YCC hosted 20 cattlemen and women for a 3-day leadership development program in Columbus and the central Ohio areas, Aug. 9-11. The conference was made possible by Farm Credit Mid-America, Ohio Soybean Council, Ohio Corn Marketing and the Rick Malir & Bonnie Coley-Malir Beef Leadership Fund.
The purpose of the YCC is to offer emerging Ohio beef industry leaders and young producers the opportunity to build their own leadership skills as they network with beef industry leaders, government officials, businesses and media. Young beef producers interested in attending the 2019 YCC should contact the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation at 614-873-6736 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.