Goecke Farms Earns OCA’s Commercial Cattleman of the Year Award
The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) awarded Goecke Farms of Spencerville, Ohio the Commercial Cattlemen of the Year award at the Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet. Pictured are Mark Goecke and Gage Goecke. (Courtesy Photo)
MARYSVILLE, Ohio — The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) awarded Goecke Farms of Spencerville, Ohio the Commercial Cattlemen of the Year award at the Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet on Jan. 13, 2024, at the Hilton Polaris Hotel, Columbus, Ohio. This award was sponsored by the Allen County Cattlemen’s Association.
The Commercial Cattleman of the Year award is presented to Ohio farms that have demonstrated success through their commercial cattle operations. These farms utilize performance information and the latest technologies available to increase the predictability of the cattle they raise, in addition to maintaining a continued focus on meeting and exceeding the expectations of beef consumers.
Goecke Farms is a family operation run by Mark Goecke and his brother Steve Goecke established in 1999 when the transition from a dairy farm to a feedlot marketing operation took place. Goecke Farms markets their cattle through Nexus Marketing, selling six to eight 48,000 pound cattle loads a month. Mark is experienced with marketing cattle and maximizes his resources. Goecke Farms focuses on sustainability by feeding by-products from ethanol and wheat, that are products humans cannot utilize, but act as a protein for cattle. They also demonstrate environmental stewardship efforts by planting cover crops, implementing grass waterways, and using manure as fertilizer.
Goecke Farms takes pride in seeing Ohio and U.S. raised beef being sold in grocery stores and being bought by consumers as the number one source of protein.
Learn more about Goecke Farms by watching their award video at www.ohiocattle.org.
— Ohio Cattlemen’s Association