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For the next year, a Botkins High School graduate plans to do her best to promote the work of area livestock producers and the benefits of beef.
Jamie Baumer, who is attending the University of Findlay, blushed as 2011 Auglaize County Beef Queen Kaylee Fisher placed the sash around her neck and the tiara upon her head. Baumer smiled as she was named the 2012 queen during the Auglaize County Cattlemen’s Association banquet held Tuesday at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds.
“As Paige Gunther, the state of Ohio beef queen said, I just want to really help promote the beef industry, especially in Auglaize County because I have been showing in this county and my dad has been showing in this county for a long time,” Baumer said after accepting the title. “I just felt it was something I should do.”
Baumer competed against the 2011 Auglaize County Beef Princess Stephanie Albers and LeeAnn Bertke. Albers, who attends Minster High School, plans on attending the University of Kentucky. Bertke is a student at St. Marys High School.
As her predecessor did, Baumer intends to promote the benefits of beef from producer to plate.
“The most important messages I would like to get out is how the beef industry works and what farmers have to go through day to day to get that high quality beef that consumers want,” Baumer said. “As queen we want to promote to consumers all the benefits beef provides.”
At the University of Findlay, Baumer is studying animal sciences and also is a member of the showing team at the University of Findlay. The daughter of Rita and Tom Baumer said showing is one of her favorite activities along with working with cattle.
Caitlin Schaub, the daughter of Judy and Mike Schaub, was crowned the 2012 Auglaize County Beef Princess.
Auglaize County Cattlemen’s Association President Jay Clutter had high praise for the 2012 Cattlemen of the Year winner — Kay and John Mueller, of St. Marys.
“They are always real active in anything that we do,” Clutter said of the couple. “They always help with the food stand, they came last night and helped set for the banquet — anytime we need help, they are always willing to lend a hand.”
The Muellers operated a beef operation but stopped after their children participated in 4-H and the Auglaize County Fair. With a chuckle, Clutter said they may have grandchildren one of these days and they may start up again but it hasn’t happened yet.
Gunther, who resides in Hardin County, shared her thoughts about being involved in the beef industry. She summed her approach in one word — passion.
“I really have passion for the beef industry,” the Ohio Beef Queen said. “The experiences, the memories, the people you meet and the friendships you build really help to build that passion.”
She plans to work in genetics, embryology and animal science as part of the beef industry.
Clutter gave a brief address, talking about the history of the Auglaize County Cattlemen’s Association and the work the organization has done through the years.