Older Youth Beef Production Field Day

Older youth beef production field day will be for youth 14 and older.  This will be a unique opportunity to learn about the beef industry. We will have a hands-on day walking youth through the beef production cycle focusing on cow-calf management. Parents are welcome, as we have a tour scheduled in the morning of the ATI and CFAES Wooster campus with admissions staff.

For registration visit: go.osu.edu/2024youthbeefday

Registration Deadline – June 7, 2024

Cost: Youth $30, Parents $15. Lunch Included. Limited to first 30 youth registrations.

Ohio 4-H Livestock, Horse, & Companion Animal Project Resources

The Ohio 4-H Animal Sciences pages have several resources for our exhibitors to assist and help guide them in the project journey’s.  There are factsheets, webinars, resources, and videos for families to check out.  Below are the links for the respective pages.


Ohio BEST Program Update: BVD Rule Testing

Please share the attached message from Ohio Cattlemen’s Association with any potential BEST exhibitors:

“A new rule regarding Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD) persistent infection (PI) status will be applied to the 2022-23 Ohio Cattlemen’s Association’s (OCA) Beef Exhibitor Show Total (BEST) program. All cattle (BEST and non-BEST) (in-state and out-of-state) must have a negative BVD test to exhibit at any OCA BEST sanctioned show.

 …The OCA BEST Committee will be working with local jackpot shows and county cattlemen’s associations to offer BVD testing ahead of the BEST show season to reduce the cost of the test for exhibitors and to streamline BEST check-in procedures. More information on these tests is available at www.ohiocattle.org/best or by calling the OCA office at 614-873-6736. If unable to attend one of the pre-season testing opportunities, your local veterinarian may perform one of the approved BVD tests.”

BVD Update Press Release


Ohio Cattlemen’s Stockmanship Educational Opportunity

The stockmanship division of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association’s (OCA) BEST program promotes education of our youth by expanding participants’ knowledge of the beef industry. It provides youth with an opportunity to showcase their abilities and talents outside of the show ring.

What is it?  The Stockmanship division of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association’s BEST program provides a pathway for youth to participate in the BEST program without showing an animal. It expands BEST participants’ knowledge of the beef industry and provides youth with an opportunity to showcase their abilities and talents outside of the show ring.

Who can participate?  This division of the BEST program is open to all Ohio youth. If an existing BEST participant would like to sign up for the Stockmanship division, they will do so under their BEST user profile at best.ohiocattle.org for no additional cost outside of existing cattle nominations.

How to start?  If age-eligible individuals would like to participate in the Stockmanship division, but don’t have cattle enrolled in the 2021-2022 BEST program, they should create their username
and profile at best.ohiocattle.org and select to participate in the Stockmanship division. Non-cattle exhibiting BEST Stockmanship participants must have a current $75 family OCA membership and will pay a one-time participation fee of $60.  Individuals may sign up for the Stockmanship program at any point throughout the season.


Points & Awards: Stockmanship contests will include their own registration and rules for each event and top-placing awards will be presented at each competition. Overall Stockmanship awards will be presented at the OCA BEST Awards Banquet on May 7, 2022.  The top five individuals in the following divisions will be recognized: Beginner, Junior, Novice, Intermediate and Senior.
Age breaks will follow that of the BEST program’s  showmanship rules.  To qualify for the end-of-year Stockmanship awards, the participant must have completed two contests, be a current
OCA member by January 1, 2022, or at the time of Stockmanship sign-up and have completed their Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification.  Stockmanship participants may complete their BQA at any session offered at a BEST sanctioned show, online at BQA.org or at YQCA.org.  A cumulative points scale for the Stockmanship division will be utilized for overall finishes and end-of-year point tabulation.  More information on the year-end Stockmanship points is included in the BEST rules and more details on each Stockmanship contest is available at www.ohiocattle.org

Prepared Speaking Information: Prepared Speaking- Stockmanship

Salesmanship Contest Information: Salesmanship- Stockmanship

Cattlemen’s Challenge Information: Cattlemens Challenge- Stockmanship

Fitting Contest Information: Fitting Contest- Stockmanship

Judging Contest Information: Judging Contest- Stockmanship

2022 Junior Fair Market Beef & Market Dairy Steer Tagging and Weigh-In

Please find the information below for the 2022 Knox County Junior Fair Market Beef & Market Dairy Steer Weigh-In and Tagging.  It will be held Saturday, December 4, 2021.  Please fill out the following survey to help guide us that day on the head of cattle we will be expecting and what tags you will be needing: https://go.osu.edu/2022knoxdecemberweighin

Please find the map with the flow of traffic details for the weigh-in and tagging.  Market Beef & Market Dairy Steer Flow of Traffic

New! – The Knox County Junior Fair Board will be providing hot chocolate, coffee, and doughnuts for donations to benefit the 2022 Knox County Junior Fair Board Senior Member Scholarships.

Below is the link for the app we will be utilizing for 2022 Knox County Junior Fair Communication. Please download and utilize for junior fair exhibitor updates and information conveniently located on your cell phone or computer. BAND APP LINK: https://band.us/n/abad62SaR9j2L

Beef Feeder Tag Ordering

The time has come to order your Beef Feeder tags.  Please use the following survey: https://go.osu.edu/2021beeffeeder to order the number of tags you need by May 1 at 11:59 p.m.  If more than one member in your family needs to order tags, then you can add each member in the same survey.

Pick up of tags will be on Wednesday, May 5 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Ramser 4-H Activity Center.

Animal ID pictures and information will need to be uploaded to 4-HOnline 2.0 by June 1 at 11:59 p.m.

110% Livestock Show Clinic

My name is Levi Hartschuh, a lifetime 4-H and FFA member in Crawford county, this year for my senior project through Wynford High School I am hosting a livestock show clinic. I have a strong passion for the agricultural and livestock industries, and hope to educate youth on how to make their show ring performance 110%. This clinic will be held on March 14th at Fogle’s sale pavilion in Marion Ohio. The clinic will be broken down into 3 sessions, the sessions include:

  • 10 -11:30am – Sheep & Goats
  • 11:45 – 12:15pm – Umbarger Feeds (nutrition clinic)
  • 12:30 – 2pm – Beef & Dairy Feeders & Swine

Early Registration for this event is February 26th, forms turned in by this date guarantee a t-shirt and a spot at the clinic. The registration fee is $20.00 per youth exhibitor, this fee will cover all species clinics.

Attached below is the show clinic flyer, please send this flyer out to your members to aid me in the promotion and success of my event. Any questions or concerns please let me know @ 419-617-2984 or levihartschuh@gmail.com.

Flyer: Crawford County Show Clinic

Market Beef Animals for the 2021 Ohio State Fair

Are you planning on exhibiting a Market Beef project at the Ohio State Fair in 2021?  If so, you will need to schedule an appointment with Andrea (740-397-0401 or rees.139@osu.edu) at the OSU Extension Office to pick up an EID/DNA Kit.  The Ohio State Fair has agreed to extend the deadline for receiving DNA kits for market beef to January 30th, 2020. They will  continue to monitor COVID and update as necessary.

PLEASE REMEMBER: These tags are for youth intending to show market beef at the Ohio State Fair ONLY. They are not for county-only or BEST-only exhibition. State Fair provides these tags at no cost. If number of EID tags given out continues to be much greater than youth that show at the State Fair, they may not provide tags in the future or only based on counties’ participation numbers in previous years.