MARYSVILLE, Ohio — The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) awarded Ian Brinker of Frazeysburg, Ohio, the 2023 Young Cattleman of the Year Award at the Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet on Jan. 14, 2023, at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center. This award was sponsored by Kalmbach Feeds and United Producers, Inc.
The Young Cattleman Award is presented to individuals or couples, typically under 40 years of age, who have demonstrated the initial stages of a successful beef operation and exhibited leadership potential. The recipient is also OCA’s automatic nominee to participate in the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) Young Cattlemen’s Conference.
Ian Brinker is a sixth-generation farmer at ASB Farm, where they run 250 head of cattle on 1,000 acres. They also lease another farm where they keep an additional 120 calves. ASB Farms is a predominantly cow-calf operation, with a majority of the cattle being Angus and Simmental Angus crosses. They also utilize embryo transfer and AI cows for a show cattle operation. Brinker attended Wilmington College, where he studied Agribusiness and took what he learned in college, such as animal well-being and nutrition, and implemented these things into their farm to help it continue to grow.
Brinker’s main goal with ASB Farm is ensuring the cattle they have on the farm can work in the environment that they are on, which is rolling hills and grass, and bringing in new practices into the farm to see positive outcomes. ASB Farm focuses on Environmental Stewardship by working closely with Soil and Water and having them place heavy-use pads where they feed throughout the winter. They also do aerial seedings onto their crop fields to allow grazing on these fields in the winter. Brinker works closely with the Ohio Department of Agriculture, and ASB Farm has a Manure Management Plan to ensure they are not overapplying but also make sure they are creating fertile soil to grow the best crop and grass to feed their livestock. Brinker plans to continue being proactive and bringing new ideas to the farm to help it continue to grow for future generations.
Learn more about Ian Brinker by watching his award video at www.ohiocattle.org.
— Ohio Cattlemen’s Association