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In Memory - Irene Kosman

Irene Evelyn Kosman (nee Legan), 89, passed away peacefully at Regina Health Care in Richfield, Ohio, April 27, 2019, surrounded by her family, under the care of a very attentive and compassionate staff and the Crossroads Hospice team. Irene was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Raymond and Alice (Muhic), and lived in Hinckley, Ohio until her marriage to her husband of 68 years, Robert.  She moved to North Royalton, where she and Bob built their home and raised their family. She enjoyed gardening in her greenhouse and garden,and baking and cooking for her family.  She loved to travel, and had the opportunity to travel to Brazil and Australia.  Her favorite place to vacation was the OBX, the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Along with her husband and children, Irene farmed and raised Shorthorn beef cattle.  Irene was a 4-H advisor for many years, and was active in the Shorthorn Lassies Association.  Irene is survived by her husband, Robert D. Kosman; her children, Kathleen H. Kosman, Robert R. (Karen) Kosman and David J. (Bernadine) Kosman; her grandsons Christopher (Tiffany) Kosman, Mick (Jennifer) Kosman; and her great grandchildren, Anna, Ryan, Charlotte and Michelle.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother and sister-in-law, Raymond and Jean Legan. In keeping with Irene’s wishes, there were no services.

Memorial donations can be made to the Medina County 4H Endowment Fund, c/o Endowment Treasurer, 3671 Good Road, Seville, OH 44273-9722, or the Ohio Shorthorn Lassies Association, c/o Treasurer, 54905 Fulton Hill Road, Bellaire, OH 43906.

In Memory - Frances K. Johnson

Frances K. Johnson, age 87, passed away on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at Knox Community Hospital with her husband and children at her side. She was born in Lafferty, Ohio, on December 12, 1931, the daughter of John and Antonette (Landowski) Kukalak.  She and her husband, R. Lee Johnson, and their six children moved from Flushing in Southeast Ohio the original farm site to the Fredericktown area in 1967.  Frances was a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Mount Vernon.

Frances was extremely devoted to being the matriarch of her family. She was a loving wife and cherished being a mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was actively involved with the management of the farm and cultivated a large garden to provide many healthy meals for her large family and those that worked at the farm. She was especially dedicated to preparing meals and providing hospitality to anyone visiting the Mill Brook Farm. She was a big fan of Ohio State sports and also enjoyed watching LeBron James. Most of all she loved being around her family.

She is survived by her husband, her daughter and son-in-law Kathy (Greg) Fisher, their 3 children and their 7 grandchildren, her son Ron Johnson, his 3 children and 3 grandchildren, her daughter and son-in-law Chris (Tom) McGuire and their 3 children, daughters Cindy Johnson and Francine Johnson, and son and daughter-in-law Rob (Lisa) Johnson and their 2 children. Frances is preceded in death by her parents and a brother and sister.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 10:00 AM until the time of Memorial Mass at 11:00 AM at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church with Rev. Father Mark J. Hammond as Celebrant. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Charity of One’s Choice. 

Paint Valley Farms Earn Cattlemen’s Seedstock Producer of the Year Award

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) awarded Paint Valley Farms of Millersburg,Ohio, the Seedstock Producer of the Year Award at the OCA awards banquet held Jan. 12, 2019, at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center in Lewis Center, Ohio.  OCA and Farm World jointly sponsor the Seedstock Producer of the Year Award, which was created to recognize top beef seedstock producers in Ohio. The award presentation featured a video of Paint Valley Farms that was generously sponsored by the Ohio Shorthorn Breeders’ Association. Paint Valley Farms is owned and operated by Lee Miller and his wife, Dawn; their children, Megan, Whitney, Grant and Derek; and herdsman Gretchen Straits. 

The family manages close to 160 brood cows, 120 of which are registered Shorthorn females. The Millers sell cattle through online and private treaty sales and have sold cattle through the Ohio Beef Expo for nearly 10 years. In 2019, Paint Valley Farms will host their first live bull sale at their farm on March 23. They place a focus on raising cattle that will produce a high-quality end product for consumers and also incorporate rotational grazing to improve sustainability efforts on their farm. Their goal as a seedstock operation is to produce beef cattle that are eye appealing, perform well and offer functional traits. 

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association 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 Ohio Cattlemen’s Association strives to maintain profitability and growth of Ohio's beef industry, while providing consumers with safe and wholesome beef.

Ohio members recognized at ASA Awards Banquet

Pictured above are the Century Club Winners present at the ASA Awards Banquet

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (December 6, 2017) – The American Shorthorn Association Awards Banquet was December 2, 2017 at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino in Kansas City, Missouri.

The ASA awards banquet was initiated by the ASA board of directors in conjunction with the annual meeting to recognize remarkable breeders and exceptional animals within the Shorthorn breed. The following Shorthorn breeders from the state of Ohio were recognized at the awards banquet.

Century Club Awards for 2016-2017 were presented to Byland with 138 animals registered and Paint Valley Farms with 111 animals registered. Performance Awards for 2016 went to Byland with a total of seven performance animals, Hively’s Highland Farms, LTD with five performance animals, Paint Valley Farms with three performance animals, Megan Miller with two performance animals, Turner Shorthorns with one performance animal, RP Farms has one performance animal, and Whitney Miller with one performance animal.

Show Awards went to Northeast Regional Winners. The Northeast Region Shorthorn Female of the Year went to Kinley Kreis with SULL Dream Lady 5445C ET. The Northeast Region Runner-Up Shorthorn Female of the Year went to Kathy Lehman with SULL Cherri Moon 5993C ET. The Northeast Region Shorthorn Bull of the Year went to Turner Shorthorns with TRNR Brillance 106. The Northeast Region Runner-Up Shorthorn Bull of the Year went to Key Ridge Shorthorn Farm with Key Ridge Tace 418. The Northeast Region ShorthornPlus Female of the Year went to Abbie Collins with SULL Demi’s Style 5369ET. Also, the Southeast Region Shorthorn bull of the Year went to Cedar Lane Farm with CLF Fooln’ Around 1401 ET.

The ASA is proud to have such a strong membership of Shorthorn breeders represented by Ohio during the awards banquet.




Tom and Susie Turner of Turner Shorthorns Earn Cattlemen’s Industry Excellence Award

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) awarded Tom and Susie Turner of Somerset, Ohio, the Industry Excellence Award at the OCA awards banquet held Jan. 21, 2017 at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center in Lewis Center, Ohio.

Each year, in an effort to recognize individuals who continue to promote and excel in the beef industry, OCA and Brownfield Ag News jointly sponsor the Industry Excellence Award. The award presentation featured a video of Tom and Susie Turner that was generously sponsored by the Ohio Shorthorn Breeders’ Association.

Throughout Tom’s life, he has always been involved in the beef industry one way or another. After growing up on his family’s farm, Tom’s college and graduate work was focused on the beef industry. During his professional career, he coached the Livestock Judging Team at The Ohio State University for over 30 thirty years, served on the Board of Directors and as President of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association. During his term as President, Tom aided in the development of a strategic plan, the restructuring of the Board of Directors and helped create the BEST youth program. Now retired, Tom and Susie stay involved in the beef industry by managing their beef cattle herd, staying active with the Ohio Shorthorn Breeders’ Association, traveling around the United States, Canada, England, Australia, and New Zealand judging beef cattle shows. With their family values and love for the beef industry, they have helped develop quality programs within Ohio and are excellent role models for young beef leaders across the state.

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association 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 Ohio Cattlemen’s Association strives to maintain profitability and growth of Ohio's beef industry, while providing consumers with safe and wholesome beef.

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