first_imgPIAB (Loughborough, Leicestershire) specialises in industrial vacuum technology for packaging and processing.The company has a line of C Series hygienic vacuum conveyors for powder and bulk applications, as well as the IC Series of industrial vacuum conveyors, based upon the company’s patented multi-stage ejector technology.Its Automatic Vacuum Management has an integrated control option for highly automated systems.last_img

Preview 1999 – Tackling the crystal ball

first_imgDavid Tye, chairman of Rugby Estates, suggests an innovative way of improving the fortunes of small quoted companies.As if we were not aware of it, the past 12 months have conclusively shown the vagaries of the property sector on the quoted stage. The dramatic fall in property company values since September, following nothing more than a couple of broking houses issuing pessimistic views of the future, makes one wonder whether the existence of smaller property companies is justified. And even the larger companies – fewer in number – have been shown to be at best lacklustre, and at worst ailing.Quality of management, independence of valuations and attractiveness of stock appear to be of little or no relevance when weighed against the huge discounts to NAV that most property companies are having to suffer. How can it be convincingly argued, with interest rates falling and the outlook for the direct property sector resilient, that our share price should be 35% or more below our NAV of 205p and rising.Though small, a good number of quoted property companies do have a following and they could, or rather should, be encouraged by their institutional shareholders into forging links with these institutions’ direct property arms. These companies would be focused, well managed, probably niche players, operating at the sharp end of the market. They would be able, particularly with gearing, to show good returns, certainly when compared to the returns of the ungeared direct property funds and equities in general.Now is the time to distinguish between those companies that are run-of-the-mill and those that have more to offer. It seems so often that those making the equity investment decisions have little discussion with their counterparts on the direct property side. Surely the indirect property sector would be healthier if there was greater collusion within the institutions. It would surely lead to better performance from the property companies, and, therefore, the institutional shareholder would benefit.Institutional property stock could be transferred in some way into the invested company or placed under the accredited management of the quoted company.Isn’t it time for the investing institutions to overtly support the companies where they have a meaningful shareholding, by adopting this pro-active approach? Compared to direct property investment, it has all the advantages and very few disadvantages.Etienne Thoreau, head of property at Société Générale, has a sneaking suspicion that 1999 could be a good year for bankers. Two main trends will oppose each other in 1999: the historic low interest rate environment and economic slowdown – the combination of these trends will drive the property market.From a UK perspective, I believe that 1999 will be a reasonably active year, particularly during the first half, as interest rates continue to fall, while property yields stay stable or even rise. Investors’ hopes that the economic slowdown in 1999-2000 is less severe than some are forecasting will be balanced by an awareness of the risk of further worldwide financial turmoil.Interest rates nearly everywhere are at their lowest level. Over the past six months the UK five-year swap rate has fallen by 1.1% from 6.75% to 5.65%. This has enabled investors to acquire better-quality properties, as the gap between average property yields and finance rates widens, and to borrow at a higher loan-to-value and amortise a significant level of debt over the term of the loan. We have not seen such an attractive financing environment since late 1993, but this was shortlived as yields fell dramatically.With subdued rental growth and fears of a UK recession, yields are unlikely to fall.The sudden shock we have all experienced over the summer regarding worldwide financial turmoil and redundancies in the financial sector has brought people back to reality and made them realize that if things change, they can change extremely quickly. Economic growth is likely to slow down as a delayed mechanical consequence of the financial crisis between summer 1997 and summer 1998, but the risk of depression is low. Deflation is not depression.The complete about-turn in market sentiment has relaxed somewhat over the last few weeks, as stock markets have recovered and interest rates have fallen. However, in the back of my mind and probably many others, is whether another dip, more severe and longer standing, could occur in the new year, as many investors seek to offload positions in an improved market.From a banking perspective, the introduction of the euro will probably be the most important change. How this translates into a higher level of cross-border property investment is uncertain.On the financing side, however, I predict a good level of activity, as investors take advantage of this arbitrage position. Banks and investors, however, are likely to be cautious on tenant risk and may well steer towards a multi-let building (different tenants and different lease lengths) rather than a single lease to an average-quality – and possibly risky – tenant. Bankers will also be looking at recent retail failures of medium-size companies, such as Craftworld and Essex Furniture, to see whether leases were forfeited and they faced empty units, or the businesses were sold.Most investors are taking a long-term view, with few seeking a trading-type facility. The common strategy is to sit tight over the coming year or two on a property yielding a significant differential between finance costs, waiting for a possible yield shift in 2001/2002. Rental growth – unless the lease is due for a review within the next 6-9 months – does not seem to be high on investors’ agendas.Risk-conscious borrowers and attractive financing conditions – could this be a banker’s dream come true? Phillip Nelson, chairman of Nelson Bakewell, argues that there is a future for a medium-sized surveying firm not owned by a US conglomerate. I may make it a new year resolution not to chuckle when people say that globalisation and co-investment are the keys to future success in property consultancy. They are undoubtedly new dimensions to our business, but they are not surveying’s equivalent of the ‘Third Way’.Certainly property – like most business sectors – is becoming more global. As a firm, while remaining wholly independent, we have responded to this by becoming the UK representative of ONCOR – an international network of consultants that covers 45 countries. Yet globalisation in itself is not the Holy Grail.Since the end of the 1980s, there have been countless predictions about the death of the ‘medium-sized’ surveying firms such as Nelson Bakewell. This spurious focus on headcount rather than quality meant that the property press was filled with theories that in a few years there would only be mega-firms and small ’boutique’ advisers. It just hasn’t happened, and yet we’re getting the same prophecies now with the spin of globalisation and co-investment.While the globalisation of our business has to be acknowledged, I have reservations about co-investment. One of the prime drivers behind the case for co-investment is that it motivates consultants. But I am not convinced that an adviser who has more to gain – or lose – from a specific situation will perform better.High-quality property advice is a product of training, experience and market knowledge. A consultant does not become any more expert or experienced because they have a 5% or 10% stake in a project. If anything, it may make them less dispassionate and diminish the objectivity which lies at the core of all good property advice.However, identifying shortcomings in the business planning of others is not a charter for complacency for the rest of the business. Next year will bring a much tougher market. Investment dealing revenues will be down, and the air of economic uncertainty will continue to deaden activity across the property sector.Consultants can have only one approach to such a scenario: quality and efficiency. Surveying firms who came out of the last slump stronger, and went on to flourish, did so by becoming better at servicing their clients and more efficient in doing so. New ways of working together with a continuity of experience, have been the basis of our progress over the last decade. While I do not expect the current lull to be anything like as savage as the last slump, it will be a market which requires redoubled effort and ingenuity.For the vast majority of surveying firms whose core business is the UK market, 1999 will be the ‘year of efficiency and independence’. Efficiency will enable you to combat a less favourable market while independence will draw new business from those clients with reservations about the changed business focus of some leading firms of surveyors.Nigel Kempner, chief executive of central London investor Benchmark GroupThose people who believe that property values can only continue going up are likely to be disappointed. Those more sane in their approach, however, might be surprised at the likely resilience of the UK and London property market in 1999.Whatever the stance on a single currency, we are part of a European continental marketplace. The precise effect of remaining outside that market for the initial stages remains to be seen, but will become clearer in the first half of 1999.In our own portfolio in the West End of London, we have continued to see leasing interest for offices and retail property from American and European tenants, keen to enjoy all that London offers – English language, a convenient time zone for global trading, and professionalism in the service sector.The fact is that, whatever the size of requirement – and in the West End the unit size is getting smaller, while in the City it is becoming larger – the requirement is for modern, flexible, new space on the most flexible terms possible. Planners and property owners must respond accordingly to satisfy such demand.London is seen by many as the classy and trendy city to visit and work in, and that has been apparent despite a strong sterling rate. We should make sure that those people seeking to conduct their business in Europe see the property supply in central London in a similar light.In the West End there is currently a dramatic shortage of new or Grade A office space. Recent figures from Jones Lang Wootton show a vacancy level of 3.7% of overall supply and 0.7% of Grade A space. Indeed, there are no Grade A buildings over 10,000 sq m (107,640 sq ft) available and only four Grade A buildings between 5,000 and 9,999 sq m (53,820-107,629 sq ft).There was a good take-up of space in 1998 and there appears a strong tenant demand for well-located, modern offices, although I believe there will be a tendency to move towards shorter leases and greater flexibility of services. With the prospect of deflation, prime rents, which are currently in the mid-£50/sq ft area, will drift, over the foreseeable future, between £50 and £60/sq ft.The City office market will have a fragile 1999. It is inextricably linked to the fortunes, or otherwise, of financial services companies and professional firms. While there will, without doubt, be further consolidation, this may in itself lead to continuing medium- and longer-term requirements for large headquarters buildings which are not always readily available. Clearly there is a threat from Canary Wharf and London Bridge City to name but two alternative locations to the City core.The retail market in the major retail thoroughfares in the West End reached new peaks during 1998, although rents must soften in 1999, bearing in mind retail trading prospects. Certain streets off the major thoroughfares have become popular locations and this trend may well continue. The retail market in the City has remained strong, although it is very difficult to create additional retail space.I believe 1999 will be an active year for the property industry although not a dramatic year in terms of growth. Professionals from all sectors will need to be at their most nimble to react to changes, which many of us will not have seen before, in terms of inflation rates, interest rates, growth rates and global perspective.Robert Laurence, former head of Argent’s investment team, is relieved to be at the helm of a cash-rich private company, Resolution Property. No longer being involved in a listed property company, it is hard to imagine what my friends in the quoted sector have been going through this year. Stocks that were fashionable in 1997 now make cheesecloth shirts look modish – except that cheesecloth shirts are marginally more likely to stage a revival in 1999.Companies are unable to issue paper to carry out transactions. Management who are incentivised and judged by growth in share prices are miserable. The talented ones are already considering how to extricate themselves and their assets from the quagmire.This situation could have at least three outcomes: Major shareholders could give up waiting for a rise in share prices and sell to ‘privatisers’. The stock market may recognise that companies with good portfolios (and no debentures from hell) are underpinned by low gilt yields and move the share price higher. The stock market will be proven right by a major fall in property capital values.I think the third option is unlikely for reasons I set out below; the second is possible but not for the smaller-cap companies, where sentiment and lack of liquidity is against them. The longer the gap between NAV and share price remains open, the more likely it is that institutional investors will get fed up and allow private equity to step in.But even if this doesn’t happen, private equity will have good opportunities in 1999. Property with a good future will be available at yields which, with gearing beyond the levels possible for quoted companies, produces an IRR of 15-20% on running income. There will, therefore, be a keen appetite for decent property, yielding 7.5% and more.This will, of course, depend on gilt yields and, therefore, medium-term debt staying at low levels. Given the pressure on corporate earnings and the negligible risk of inflation, those with floating-rate debt will have a happier 1999 than those who fixed in the last few years.Interest rate decline will be accelerated by the government’s (silly me, I mean The Bank of England’s!) desire to move sterling interest rates in line with the euro. Euro rates should remain under downward pressure from the left-leaning German government.Following the negative impact of the high pound and high interest rates on the economy, the government may believe that voters would trade economic stability for economic sovereignty. Blair and Brown might, therefore, be tempted to call an election before the full five-year term, quickly followed by a referendum and entry into EMU. The Bank of England will be worried that interest rates, which overshot on the way up (to soften us up for EMU?), will overshoot on the way down, so that the economy becomes overheated at the start of the millennium.Float your borrowings by all means, but a prudently-applied cap should be worn at all times.I shall make a few property forecasts, in the hope that in January 2000, people will be too drunk to remember 1999 at all. Retail spending will stay depressed, leaving poor prospects for rental growth. Low-yielding, non-reversionary retail property will fall in value until it is caught by the low-gilt yield safety net. The IT threat to all retail property (not just banks, building societies and travel agents) will be more apparent.Out-of-town retail and office parks with good parking will benefit from the government’s aim to restrict parking in future consents.Office rental growth will be sluggish, particularly in the City, where there will be more lay-offs. But exceptions could be prime Thames Valley and emerging media locations like Clerkenwell and Camden. Yields for decent offices will settle at a level where a post-debt return of 12-15% a year is possible on existing cash flows.Central London residential will be hit by fall-out from difficulties in the City. Vacancy rates for industrial will increase slightly but yields will continue to fall for well-located large estates.Alex Watt, head of property at Standard Life Investments, There is one big bet for the UK property market next year: continental Europe! Whether the return on UK property is 6% or 12% in 1999 (the range between the most bearish and bullish fund managers in the recent IPF Consensus Forecast survey) is academic – continental Europe will be well ahead. The markets of Paris, Madrid and Barcelona look set to enjoy strong rental growth next year. Oh, and lest we forget, Dublin looks set to deliver another strong year after delivering over 40% total return in 1998.I take the view that major players in the property market, such as ourselves, should be positioning themselves for a more pan-European investment strategy in the years ahead, Around 300 million people now trade in euros and monetary policy has become a one-size-fits-all interest rate; the rule book is being entirely rewritten and, if the dynamics of the European economy are changing, you can bet the property market will change too. That is why Standard Life Investments is developing 3m sq ft on the Continent.Nonetheless, turning my attention back to the UK for a moment, we are clearly going ex-growth. There will, therefore, be two key factors which will deliver outperformance next year: firstly, income return, that is, the higher yielding the better; and secondly, scope for yield improvement. The biggest unknown – and always the most difficult part of the forecast to get right – is where yields will be in 12 months time. There has been much talk of a yield re-rating on the horizon, since gilt yields are now under 5%, and look set to stay there. In the circumstances, I do not think that this yield gap, which looks set to widen in the short term, is sensible. A re-rating is bound to occur during 1999 but, whether it happens early or late in the year, is difficult to call. For the record, I expect returns to be around the 8% mark for the year and, even if the yield re-rating happens a little sooner, it would be difficult to see UK returns getting into double digits for 1999.But that is a one-year view and, although we are all pressurised to obtain performance over what are shorter and shorter time horizons, property is of course a longer-term proposition. With this in mind, I see 1999 as a year of opportunity, low returns notwithstanding. Opportunistic buying, repositioning of portfolios and selective development should all be on the cards as we prepare for the next upturn. London – ever the barometer of the market – is pausing for breath at the moment, but is in pretty good shape nonetheless. Yes, rents are unlikely to move ahead in 1999 and yes, vacancy rates will increase, but the supply/demand balance is probably at its healthiest going into a downturn than at any other similar point in the last 30 years. Starting development next year may just be perfect timing, delivering new products to a market on the upturn in 2001. There are also other areas of the market where demand is holding up fairly well. M25 offices, for example, and, of course, devolution-inspired Edinburgh. In short, there are still opportunities around but it takes a little bravery and some solid groundwork to spot them. Stock selection is the key to successful fund management and, from this point of view, sound research is a cornerstone of strategy. This means not just understanding the macro picture, but getting to grips with local markets and understanding your tenants’ businesses as well.If this cycle (both economic and property) is to be shorter and shallower than previous downturns, 1999 should be the year when the brave start new developments, the opportunistic seek out deals in a quiet market and the strategists readjust the shape of their portfolios.The dynamic will be having lunch in Madrid. 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Olympia Resident and Former Addict Shares how Spirituality Improves Self-Esteem in…

first_imgFacebook130Tweet0Pin0Submitted by the Bohlsen Group for Kay ChristyAs someone who has been clean for more than 30 years, Kay Christy is familiar with how addiction can erode an individual’s self-esteem. During her recovery process, she witnessed firsthand how important it is for people to develop self-confidence to overcome various obstacles in life.Helping individuals, especially those recovering from substance abuse, increase their self- esteem is exactly what Christy, a life coach, addresses in her book, “Gifts from Guidance.” In her book, she shares various affirmations and prayers tailored to help others improve their lives.Olympia author and recovered addict Kay Christy explores increasing self-esteem through spirituality in her new book.“Spirituality can sync the heart and mind to help people every day,” Christy said. “Prayers are universal in their message of love that bridges religion and spirituality with the human need for peace.”Christy is currently working to partner with various women’s substance abuse treatment centers in Oregon and Washington to teach those in recovery how improving their spirituality can aid in the process of becoming clean.“From my personal experience, I know that positive thought and prayer can be used to live a more fulfilling life,” Christy said. “I want to help individuals see the benefit of implementing spirituality into their daily life.”For more information, visit www.giftsfromguidance.com.Gifts from Guidance by Kay ChristyISBN: 978-1-4525-8998-5Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and BalboaAbout the authorKay Christy is a life coach who has been in recovery for more than 30 years. She received a bachelor’s degree in business from The Evergreen State College and a master’s degree in behavioral science from City University of Seattle. She resides in Olympia.last_img read more

The Nelson Daily Team of the Week: LVR Bombers Swim Team

first_imgSmall in numbers, but big in heart and enthusiasm is the reason the L.V. Rogers Bombers Swim squad garners Team of the Week status for this week. The Bomber four finished with some impressive results at the Kootenay High School Swim Championships last week at the Nelson and District Community Complex Pool.The Bombers squad includes, from left, Becky Afford, Devyn Parker, Niallan Collier and Kevin Milde. Team sponsor Dave Afford is hopeful all member of the team will be front and center when the curtain rises on the B.C. High School Speed Swim Championships November 19-20 at the Aquatic Centre in Nanaimo.last_img

Mornings at Clocker’s Corner by XpressbetTV

first_imgAnother beautiful morning at Clocker’s Corner as a Triple Crown Champion, the 2015 Santa Anita Derby Winner and a two-time Breeders’ Cup winner all worked or galloped at Santa Anita Park on Saturday.Remember, Clocker’s Corner is open for Breakfast from 4:30am – 10am everyday during the 2015 Autumn Meet. More information on Clocker’s Corner.American PharoahDortmundBeholderlast_img


first_imgTHERE were heartbreaking scenes in the village of St Johnston today as hundreds and hundreds of mourners paid their respects at the funeral of popular local man Oisin Crawford, the man killed after taking ecstasy on Monday.The 22-year-old was one of five people affected by a dangerous drug being sold in the county.St Baithin’s Church in the village was packed to overflowing as they heard Monsignor Dan Carr plead with young people to stay away from drugs. “I would like to give a message today to our young people and the message is very simple – keep away from drugs,” said the priest at the end of the Mass.“Do not experiment with them; they are highly dangerous. Keep away from alcohol because alcohol is the first step towards drugs.”Monsignor Carr described how Oisin loved working with his father Seamus at the family tyre business in Raphoe.He loved stock car racing and got on with his dad more like two brothers than a father and son. The priest said he hoped the Crawford family did not feel alone at this time because of how the community in the area had come together to support them at this difficult time.Oisin was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery, the cortege led there by a lone piper – with a guard of honour from his former school Deele College lining the route. HEARTBREAKING SCENES AS TRAGIC OISIN IS LAID TO REST was last modified: May 28th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:drugs deathEcstasyfuneralOisin CrawfordSt Johnstonlast_img read more

AGCO Teams with iMaps to Implement QlikApp

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest AGCO Corporation, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment and solutions, today announced that it has teamed up with iMaps to implement QlikView, the business intelligence and visualization software. As a large global business with multiple brands and numerous international locations, AGCO was looking for a unique solution to integrate and analyze a huge amount of complex data from many different sources inside and outside the company in order to better drive business. AGCO is one of the first agricultural companies to embrace data-driven solutions to move the industry forward.Eric Lescourret, AGCO Director, Advanced Technology Solutions & commercial strategic initiatives, North America said, “QlikView allows AGCO to integrate and unify our 20+ data sources for a complete overview and to centrally evaluate all of that critical data. We can now seamlessly build the tools we need to analyze and visualize information. AGCO can now be more proactive and predictive and make better-informed decisions, quickly.” The QlikView solution connects all data sources in one central location and provides AGCO with a meaningful analysis and visualization of all relevant data quickly and in real time. Multiple users and stakeholders are able to access information and benefit from new insights.As data integration and analysis became more important, AGCO enlisted iMaps as a partner to implement QlikView. To analyze commercial performance a special QlikView app called Data Driven Commercial Performance (DDCP). “The DDCP app is enabling AGCO to better track commercial activities as well as our ability to execute our marketing and sales plan, helping us to achieve our retail and market share targets,” explained Lescourret.From now on, AGCO’s North America business will be able to share the data efficiently across various functions and benefit from data interconnectivity and standardized key performance indicators (KPIs). Lescourret continued, “The capacity we’ve gained to benchmark our KPIs by district, account manager, dealers, and by product is amazing. After our analysis we were able to focus on critical areas, setting more realistic goals and reallocating resources and investments more efficiently.” Different functions can consume the same information in different ways based on their unique challenges and area of engagement.The data collected reflects how AGCO and its dealers efficiently manage the entire customer journey; from the time the customer is considering acquiring equipment from one of AGCO’s equipment brands to the time they need to replace it with a newer machine and the ability to support that customer along the way.The data-driven analysis tool enables AGCO to make smarter and quicker decisions based on imminent market demands and needs. The pilot rollout within the North American marketing and sales team has been successful thus far. In the months to come, AGCO plans to engage with users to further optimize the tool so that it will support AGCO’s mission to grow through superior customer service, innovation, quality and commitment.last_img read more

Ohio Cattlemen’s Association BEST Program concludes 18th year

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2016-2017 Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) BEST (Beef Exhibitor Show Total) Program wrapped up on May 6 with its annual awards banquet held at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus.“The banquet is a time to celebrate the many achievements of our BEST participants, both in and out of the show ring,” said Stephanie Sindel, OCA Director of Youth Programs. “Each participant is recognized for their hard work by family, friends and BEST supporters alike.”Several representatives from program sponsors, Bob Evans Farms, Burroughs Frazier Farms, Evans Cattle Company, Farm Credit Mid-America, M.H. Eby, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Weaver Livestock, were on hand to help present awards totaling more than $50,000 in belt buckles, luggage, show materials and other awards.This year’s BEST program featured 15 sanctioned shows that weaved across the state with over 440 youth participants showing 649 head of market animals and heifers. Banquet sponsorsState breed associations sponsoring belt buckle cases for the winners in each of the respective breeds: Buckeye Hereford Association, Ohio Angus Association, Ohio Mid-Eastern Maine-Anjou Association, Ohio Shorthorn Breeders Association and Ohio Simmental Association. The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association sponsored the remaining breeds’ winners. BEST committeeThe OCA BEST program functions with the strong backing of the BEST Committee. Serving on the BEST Committee are, Chairman, Todd Pugh; Vice-Chairman, Mark Hara; Brandon Corry; Alice Frazier; Breanne Gabriel; Roger Hunker; Roy Norman; Sally Puzacke; Bob Siegel and Bill Tom, Ohio State Fair Beef Director. Additionally, the show representatives are Drew Baus, representing the AGR Holiday Classic and Chase Gostomsky representing the War at Warren County. During the BEST awards banquet, the new junior representatives for the 2017-2018 season were announced. They are Kelsey Shope, Scioto County; Sarah Harner, Greene County and Hannah Ziegler, Wyandot County. Continuing for their second term is, Karigan Blue, Henry County and Haley Frazier, Jackson County. Youth scholarshipsBEST participants’ efforts in academics and extracurricular activities are also recognized through the BEST Scholarship program, awarding three $1,000 scholarships. Scholarship winners were Bricen Hess, Highland County; Lindsey Pugh; Stark County and Kelsey Shope, Scioto County. Novice scholarshipsNew BEST participants were eligible to apply for a Novice sponsorship prior to the start of the BEST show season. To be eligible, youth ages 8-21 had to qualify for the Novice division by being first or second year BEST program participants. Novice eligible participants submitted an essay that was reviewed by a panel of judges that ranked the scholarship applications. The selected participants received a scholarship worth $105 to cover the cost of their family’s Ohio Cattlemen’s Association membership for $60 as well as one head BEST nomination fee valued at $45. Youth chosen were able to redeem their scholarship at the first BEST show they attended. The Novice scholarship program is sponsored by Weaver Leather Livestock and the recipients of the scholarship include: John Popick, Stark County; Taylor Barton, Clinton County; Brandon and Peyton Hogg, Knox County, Karly Goetz, Ottawa County; Kassandra Kirsch, Sandusky County; Evan Pope, Gallia County; Rebekah Pertuset, Scioto County; Barbi Boyd, Tuscarawas County; Sara Ice, Wayne County; Brandon Barr, Greene County; Kelsey Shope, Scioto County; Marshall and Mason Miller, Tuscarawas County; Brooklyn Neiheisel, Tuscarawas County; Austin Nicholl, Logan County; Grant Helsinger, Montgomery County; Raymond Beneker IV, Butler County; Jacob Weichart, Putnam County; Carly Fitz, Perry County; James Sander, Ottawa County; Kristina Scheurman, Coshocton County; Dylan Mezie, Knox County; Jenna Bowman, Hancock County; Luke Kiefer, Butler County; Logan Schroeder, Defiance County; Lauren Schulte, Putnam County; Lilian Dennis, Fairfield County; Kayler Frey, Huron County; Aric Lust, Knox County; Collin Britton, Wood County; Dana Clinedinst, Morrow County; Gavin and Lauren Schlicter, Butler County. M.H. Eby trailer winnerParticipants in this year’s program received an entry into the drawing for the free use of an 8-foot by 26-foot Eby Trailer complete with BEST logo detailing for the 2017-2018 BEST season, donated by Eby Trailer. Participants were given an entry for every animal they showed at each show throughout the season equaling more than 4,500 entries. The lucky winner was Aubrey Csapo, Wayne County. Community service fundraising winnersBEST participants worked this season to raise money for two charities, Make-A-Wish® Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House. This year, a total of $10,669 was raised by BEST participants for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In its five years of contribution, the BEST program has raised over $70,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Allison Herr, Fulton County received a $500 gift certificate for a shopping spree with Weaver Leather Livestock for collecting the most pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House Charity. Victoria Waits, Fayette County, received a $500 gift certificate to be used on show supplies with Weaver Leather Livestock for being the top fundraiser in the Make-A-Wish® project. Alexis Perry, Ottawa County, was also a top fundraiser and received a $500 gift certificate Gift certificate winnersTucker Shepard, Henry County, won the drawing for a $500 gift certificate toward the purchase of his next show animal from an OCA member. Winning a Show Pass, valued at more than $850 was Abbey Kellish, Coshocton County. A gas card valued at $100 was won by Nathan Miller, Erie County. Novice grooming chute drawingNovice participant Zachary Retcher, Defiance County, won a new grooming chute in a novice-only drawing, donated by Weaver Livestock. 15-show attendeesIt takes a lot of time and dedication for juniors and their parents to attend any of the BEST shows, but several individuals attended all 15 BEST shows across the state. Sixty-six BEST participants won a free single-show entry pass for the 2017-2018 season.Photography contestThis year’s photography contest had top-notch entries encompassing four divisions: BEST Shows and Activities, Landscapes, People and Around the Farm. Three winners were awarded in each age division and an Editor’s Choice and Editor’s Choice Honorable Mention were selected from all submissions. The winners were as follows:Beginner division1st Place Beginner — Morgan Love, Fairfield Co.2nd Place Beginner — Morgan Love, Fairfield Co.3rd Place Beginner — Emma Yochum, HighlandJunior Division1st Place Junior —  Mason Love, Fairfield Co.2nd Place Junior — Mason Love, Fairfield Co.3rd Place Junior — Evan Pope, Gallia Co.Intermediate Division1st Place Intermediate — Erin Pope, Gallia Co.2nd Place Intermediate — Erin Pope, Gallia Co.3rd Place Intermediate — Amanda Annett, Knox Co.Senior Division1st Place Senior — Haley Frazier, Jackson Co.2nd Place Senior — Haley Frazier, Jackson Co.3rd Place Senior — Haley Frazier, Jackson Co.Editor’s ChoiceEditor’s Choice — Morgan Love, Fairfield Co.Editor’s Choice Honorable Mention — Erin Pope, Gallia Co. Heifer and Market Animal ChampionsBreed Division ChampionsAngusChampion Angus Heifer — Kristina Scheurman, Coshocton CountyReserve Champion Angus Heifer — Hadley LeVan, Champaign CountyThird Overall Chianina Heifer — Marcus VanVorhis, Wood CountyFourth Overall Chianina Heifer — Kristina Scheurman, Coshocton CountyFifth Overall Chianina Heifer — Jacob LeBrun, Scioto County Champion Angus Steer — Carly Sanders, Highland CountyReserve Champion Angus Steer — Maggie Pollard, Defiance County ChianinaChampion Chianina Heifer — Kathy Lehman, Richland CountyReserve Champion Chianina Heifer — Hailee Carter, Holmes County Champion Chianina Steer — Lori Millenbaugh, Crawford CountyReserve Champion Chianina Steer — Lance Brinksneader, Darke CountyThird Overall Chianina Steer — Quinton Waits, Fayette CountyFourth Overall Chianina Steer — Amelia Willis, Pike CountyFifth Overall Chianina Steer — Erin Pope, Gallia County HerefordChampion Hereford Heifer — Maddox Cupp, Fairfield CountyReserve Champion Hereford Heifer — Kady Davis, Carroll CountyThird Overall Hereford Heifer — Hudson Drake, Ross CountyFourth Overall Hereford Heifer — Kyle Piscione, Medina CountyFifth Overall Hereford Heifer — Morgan Gillespie, Butler CountyChampion Hereford Steer — Hayden Smith, Holmes CountyReserve Champion Hereford Steer — Rosa Bowen, Wood County Maine-AnjouChampion High % Maine-Anjou Heifer — Jake Hill, Warren CountyReserve Champion High % Maine-Anjou Heifer — Abbie Collins, Preble CountyChampion MaineTainer Heifer — Austin Garner, Butler CountyReserve Champion MaineTainer Heifer — Karlie Kennedy, Adams CountyThird Overall MaineTainer Heifer — Gage Farrar, Jackson CountyFourth Overall MaineTainer Heifer — Caylee Sager, Fulton CountyFifth Overall MaineTainer Heifer — Marcus VanVorhis, Wood CountyChampion Maine-Anjou Steer — Beau Johnson, Gallia CountyReserve Champion Maine-Anjou Steer — Kassidy Thompson, Miami CountyThird Overall Maine-Anjou Steer — Victoria Waits, Fayette CountyFourth Overall Maine-Anjou Steer — Alexis Wilcox, Darke CountyFifth Overall Maine-Anjou Steer — Hunter Smith, Wood County ShorthornChampion Shorthorn Heifer — Abigail Thornton, Fairfield CountyReserve Champion Shorthorn Heifer — Taylor Morbitzer, Franklin CountyThird Overall Shorthorn Heifer — Fulton Kennedy, Adams CountyFourth Overall Shorthorn Heifer — Emily Dahse, Gallia CountyFifth Overall Shorthorn Heifer — Brandon Barr, Greene CountyChampion Shorthorn Steer — Carter McCauley, Guernsey CountyReserve Champion Shorthorn Steer — Tanner Cordes, Montgomery CountyChampion ShorthornPlus Heifer — Taylor Morbitzer, Franklin CountyReserve Champion ShorthornPlus Heifer — Madison King, Logan CountyChampion ShorthornPlus Steer — Kinzee Shafer, Preble CountyReserve Champion ShorthornPlus Steer — Sydney Sanders, Highland CountyThird Overall ShorthornPlus Steer — Tyler Michael, Montgomery CountyFourth Overall ShorthornPlus Steer — Emily Paden, Guernsey CountyFifth Overall ShorthornPlus Steer — Emma Mathews, Clinton County SimmentalChampion Simmental Heifer — Allison Herr, Fulton CountyReserve Champion Simmental Heifer — Austin Hunker, Huron CountyChampion % Simmental Heifer — Owen Fennig, Mercer CountyReserve Grand Champion % Simmental Heifer — Matthew Koverman, Scioto CountyThird Overall % Simmental Heifer — Dalton Kennedy, Adams CountyFourth Overall % Simmental Heifer — Kathy Lehman, Richland CountyFifth Overall % Simmental Heifer — Abbygail Pitstick, Madison CountyChampion Simmental Steer — Morgan Mazey, Wood CountyReserve Champion Simmental Steer — Madison Paden, Guernsey County AOBChampion High % AOB Heifer — Hannah Ziegler, Wyandot CountyReserve Champion High % AOB Heifer — Brandee Painter, Licking CountyChampion Low % AOB Heifer — Jordan Johnson, Gallia CountyReserve Champion Low % AOB Heifer — Brooklynn Hamilton, Clinton CountyChampion AOB Steer — Danielle Whitted, Portage CountyReserve Champion AOB Steer – Chase Snyder, Stark County MiniatureChampion Miniature Heifer — Walker Wiley, Morrow CountyReserve Champion Miniature Heifer — JT Popick, Stark CountyChampion Miniature Steer — Luke Strow, Wood CountyReserve Champion Miniature Steer — Henry Strow, Wood County Market HeiferChampion Market Heifer — Brooke Hayhurst, Wayne CountyReserve Champion Market Heifer — Kendra Gabriel, Pickaway CountyThird Overall Market Heifer — Wyatt Binckley, Licking CountyFourth Overall Market Heifer — Isaac Gehret, Darke CountyFifth Overall Market Heifer — Raymond Beneker, Butler County CrossbredChampion Crossbred Heifer — Kathy Lehman, Richland CountyReserve Champion Crossbred Heifer — Kendra Gabriel, Pickaway CountyThird Overall Crossbred Heifer — Austin Hunker, Huron County(TIE) Fourth Overall Crossbred Heifer — Abbie Collins, Preble County(TIE) Fourth Overall Crossbred Heifer — Adison Niese, Richland CountyFifth Overall Crossbred Heifer — Madison King, Logan CountyChampion Crossbred Steer — Alexandra Witt, Greene CountyReserve Champion Crossbred Steer — Lori Millenbaugh, Crawford CountyThird Overall Crossbred Steer — Carson Shafer, Preble CountyFourth Overall Crossbred Steer — Cambell Gostomsky, Darke CountyFifth Overall Crossbred Steer — Caleb Horn, Fairfield CountySixth Overall Crossbred Steer — Luke Brinksneader, Darke County(TIE) Seventh Overall Crossbred Steer — Paige Pence, Clark County(TIE) Seventh Overall Crossbred Steer — Jacob Levering, Morrow County(TIE) Seventh Overall Crossbred Steer — Kosta Xenikis, Madison CountyEighth Overall Crossbred Steer — Alli Pfister, Licking CountyNinth Overall Crossbred Steer — Drew Browning, Muskingum County(TIE) Tenth Overall Crossbred Steer — Jonna Goss, Hocking County(TIE) Tenth Overall Crossbred Steer — Jordan Johnson, Gallia County(TIE) Tenth Overall Crossbred Steer — Cory Derr, Wyandot County(TIE) Tenth Overall Crossbred Steer — Lauren Schulte, Putnam CountyEleventh Overall Crossbred Steer — Brooke Egbert, Auglaize CountyTwelfth Overall Crossbred Steer — Noah Smith, Sandusky County(TIE) Thirteenth Overall Crossbred Steer — Amelia Willis, Pike County(TIE) Thirteenth Overall Crossbred Steer — Austin Sorgen, Van Wert CountyFourteenth Overall Crossbred Steer — Aubrey Csapo, Wayne County(TIE) Fifteenth Overall Crossbred Steer — Skylar Plank, Clark County(TIE) Fifteenth Overall Crossbred Steer — Brianna Ellish, Miami County BEST Novice ChampionsHeifersChampion Novice Heifer — Owen Fennig, Mercer County – % SimmentalReserve Champion Novice Heifer — Kristina Scheurman, Coshocton County — AngusThird Overall Novice Heifer — JT Popick, Stark County – MiniatureFourth Overall Novice Heifer — Caden McLaughlin, Monroe County – ShorthornPlusFifth Overall Novice Heifer — Caylee Sager, Fulton County – MaineTainerSixth Overall Novice Heifer — Tucker Shepard, Henry County – ChianinaSeventh Overall Novice Heifer — Kristina Scheurman, Coshocton County – AngusEighth Overall Novice Heifer — Lauren Schulte, Putnam County — Low % AOBNinth Overall Novice Heifer — Brandon Barr, Greene County – ShorthornTenth Overall Novice Heifer — Delaney Schneder, Clinton County — MaineTainer Market AnimalsChampion Novice Steer — Carter McCauley, Guernsey County – ShorthornReserve Champion Novice Steer — Hayden Smith, Holmes County – HerefordThird Overall Novice Steer — Lance Brinksneader, Darke County – ChianinaFourth Overall Novice Steer — Wyatt Binckley, Licking County — Market HeiferFifth Overall Novice Steer — Luke Strow, Wood County – MiniatureSixth Overall Novice Steer — Ross Michael, Montgomery County – HerefordSeventh Overall Novice Steer — Henry Strow, Wood County – MiniatureEighth Overall Novice Steer — Shayla Sancic, Stark County — HerefordNinth Overall Novice Steer — Taylor Stephen, Morrow County – SimmentalTenth Overall Novice Steer — Jacob Levering, Morrow County – Crossbred BEST Bred & Owned ChampionsHeifersChampion Bred & Owned Heifer — Nate Herr, Fulton County – ShorthornPlusReserve Champion Bred & Owned Heifer— Fulton Kennedy, Adams County – ShorthornThird Overall Bred & Owned Heifer — Alyson Simpson, Adams County – MaineTainerFourth Overall Bred & Owned Heifer — Jordan Johnson, Gallia County – MaineTainerFifth Overall Bred & Owned Heifer— Colleen Minges, Butler County — Angus SteersChampion Bred & Owned Steer — Beau Johnson, Gallia County — Maine-AnjouReserve Champion Bred & Owned Steer — Tyler Michael, Montgomery County – ShorthornPlusThird Overall Bred & Owned Steer — Kyle Piscione, Medina County – ShorthornPlusFourth Overall Bred & Owned Steer — Hunter Smith, Wood County — Maine-AnjouFifth Overall Bred & Owned Steer — Paige Gehret, Darke County — Maine-Anjou BEST Showmanship WinnersBeginner(TIE) Champion Beginner Showman — Emma Yochum, Highland County(TIE) Champion Beginner Showman — Carly Sanders, Highland County 
(TIE) Reserve Beginner Showman — Lance Brinksneader, Darke County(TIE) Reserve Beginner Showman — Karlie Kennedy, Adams CountyThird Overall Beginner Showman — Hayden Smith, Holmes CountyFourth Overall Beginner Showman — Owen Fennig, Mercer CountyFifth Overall Beginner Showman — Blake Herdman, Highland CountySixth Overall Beginner Showman — Tait Dusseau, Ottawa CountySeventh Overall Beginner Showman — Wyatt Binckley, Licking CountyEighth Overall Beginner Showman — Caylee Sager, Fulton CountyNinth Overall Beginner Showman — Lauren Schulte, Putnam CountyTenth Overall Beginner Showman — Ellie Day, Athens County JuniorChampion Junior Showman — Hudson Drake, Ross CountyReserve Champion Junior Showman — Sydney Sanders, Highland CountyThird Overall Junior Showman — Beau Johnson, Gallia CountyFourth Overall Junior Showman — Allison Herr, Fulton CountyFifth Overall Junior Showman — Kosta Xenikis, Madison CountySixth Overall Junior Showman — Gavin Puckett, Highland CountySeventh Overall Junior Showman — Bailey Dusseau, Ottawa County(TIE) Eighth Overall Junior Showman — Paige Pence, Clark County(TIE) Eighth Overall Junior Showman — Luke Brinksneader, Darke CountyNinth Overall Junior Showman — Hunter Harris, Adams CountyTenth Overall Junior Showman — Hayden Belleville, Wood County NoviceChampion Novice Showman — Raymond Beneker, Butler CountyReserve Novice Showman — Delany Adams, Lorain CountyThird Overall Novice Showman — Jacob Wiechart, Putnam CountyFourth Overall Novice Showman — Luke Kiefer, Butler CountyFifth Overall Novice Showman — Skyler Ward, Preble CountySixth Overall Novice Showman — Kristina Scheurman, Coshocton CountySeventh Overall Novice Showman — Karly Goetz, Ottawa CountyEighth Overall Novice Showman — Shayla Sancic, Stark CountyNinth Overall Novice Showman — Delaney Schneder, Clinton CountyTenth Overall Novice Showman — Grant Helsinger, Montgomery County IntermediateChampion Intermediate Showman — Lori Millenbaugh, Crawford CountyReserve Champion Intermediate Showman — Allison Davis, Carroll CountyThird Overall Intermediate Showman — Kyle Piscione, Medina CountyFourth Overall Intermediate Showman — Erin Pope, Gallia CountyFifth Overall Intermediate Showman — Dalton Kennedy, Adams CountySixth Overall Intermediate Showman — Fulton Kennedy, Adams CountySeventh Overall Intermediate Showman — Abigail Thornton, Fairfield CountyEighth Overall Intermediate Showman — Colleen Minges, Butler CountyNinth Overall Intermediate Showman — Katelyn Cowdrey, Brown CountyTenth Overall Intermediate Showman — Levi DeLong, Ross County SeniorChampion Senior Showman — Taylor Morbitzer, Franklin CountyReserve Champion Senior Showman — Kendra Gabriel, Pickaway CountyThird Overall Senior Showman — Haley Frazier, Jackson CountyFourth Overall Senior Showman — Hannah Ziegler, Wyandot CountyFifth Overall Senior Showman — Sarah Harner, Greene CountySixth Overall Senior Showman — Austin Garner, Butler CountySeventh Overall Senior Showman — Jordan Johnson, Gallia CountyEighth Overall Senior Showman — Morgan Mazey, Wood CountyNinth Overall Senior Showman — Madison King, Logan CountyTenth Overall Senior Showman — Brooke Hayhurst, Wayne County BEST is a youth program of the OCA that recognizes Ohio’s junior beef exhibitors through a series of shows. Juniors who participate in these sanctioned shows earn points for their placing at each show. The OCA BEST program promotes educating Ohio’s juniors about the beef industry’s issues and rewards the successful accomplishments and hard work of those junior beef producers.last_img read more


first_imgThe best five days of summer begins in Le Mars Wednesday with the opening of the Plymouth County Fair.Fair President Rich Benson says there will be great entertainment with music and grandstand events like the tuff truck contest:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/FAIR.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………in the village. :11Century Hall has undergone a major remodeling for this year’s fair:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/FAIR2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….and things like that. :13Helicopter rides are back again this year.Attendance fees remains the same at $10 per person, or $40 for a carload.The Plymouth County Fair runs from Wednesday through Sunday.last_img read more

X-Blades Promotion

first_imgThis fortnight Touch Football Australia’s (TFA) official footwear sponsor, X-Blades, will be promoting another great boot deal through the TFA website and newsletter. X-Blades has a great deal this fortnight on its Legend Elite RFX boots which were $180, but for TFA members they are now $80. As well as this great deal, anyone who purchases these boots will receive a free X-Blades gym sack. The Legend Elite RFX boots have the following specifications – Kangaroo leather upper, injected EVA wedge for comfort, bionic dual density outsole with graduated blade lengths and external heel counter for Achilles support.To take advantage of this great deal, please visit the X-Blades online shop and enter the code ‘TFARX’ at the checkout. To visit the X-Blades online shop, please click on the following link: www.bladesfootball.com.au/shop Stay tuned to the TFA website for more great promotions from X-Blades. Related Fileslegend_elite_rfx-jpggym_sak-jpgRelated LinksX-Blades Promotionlast_img read more