Royalty 2024

 

 

It is time again for youth to be thinking about the Junior Fair Royalty Contest. Youth 15 to 18 are eligible to compete for King or Queen; youth 12 to 14 are eligible to compete for Prince or Princess; and youth 9 to 11 are eligible to compete for Junior Prince or Junior Princess. (Ages are as of January 1, 2022). Youth enrolled in the following organizations are eligible to participate in the Junior Fair Royalty contest: 4-H, FFA, Skills USA, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts or Farm Bureau Youth.

Interested youth need to complete an application and be interviewed. An application may be requested from the OSU Extension Office, to be mailed or picked up or find it online at morgan.osu.edu. Completed applications, including all required signatures, are due on August 5, 2023 by dropping it off or mailing it to OSU Extension, P.O. Box 179, McConnelsville, OH 43756. Youth need to schedule their own interviews for Monday, August 13th by calling the Extension Office at 740-962-4854.

The Royalty crowning will be held at the Morgan County Fair on Tuesday September 3, beginning at 4:30pm at the small stage. The chosen Queen, King, Princess and Prince will be required to participate in various activities during the Morgan County Fair, with the Junior Princess and Junior Prince assisting. The Junior Fair Queen will be invited to participate in the 2024 Ohio Fair Manager’s Queen Contest.

DUNF Update

ODA has changed their requirements for who is required to fill out DUNF forms for fair. In the past year we did not require feeder calves to fill out DUNF forms. This has now changed due to rule changes with the ODA.

 

This year Dairy Beef Feeders and Feeder Calves will be required to fill out DUNF forms!!

 

 

Quality Assurance Options 2024

QA is required to be attended ONCE by each market livestock exhibitor in order to show and sell at the Morgan County Junior Fair. 

In-person training (held at the Morgan County Fairgrounds) are planned to take place on:

  • Saturday, May 25 10am-12pm
  • Saturday, May 25 at 1pm-3pm
  • Monday, June 3 6:30pm-8:30pm

 

We also have an option for youth to test out of QA BUT registration is required!

Basic Information:
Livestock Quality Assurance Test-Out will be held on May 2nd at 5-6:30pm It will be located at the Riecker Building in Rm 325. (Please allow yourself at least 30 minutes to take the test, do not show up at 6:20pm to test-out) The last test will be handed out at 6pm!
Other Details:
Registration for this event is required!. 12-14 year-old and 15-18 year-old 4-H and FFA members can test out of their annual quality assurance (QA) program. Youth ages 12-14 who pass the QA test can test out of their annual QA program for up to 3 years. Youth ages 15-18 years who pass the QA test can test out of their annual QA program permanently. Note that this age is based on 4-H age.  We do NOT recommend youth who are a 4-H age of 14 test-out. They will be in a new age bracket the next year and will be required to take QA regardless.
For more information, contact Sophia Whisman, whisman.30@osu.edu, 740-252-5435
Please register by May 1st using this link: https://go.osu.edu/qatestout2024

 

If you are unable to attend any of these options to satisfy the QA requirement please call the office ASAP. There are options to attend other counties QA as long as I am in the loop! All out of county QA training must be completed by June 10, 2024.

Not sure of your QA status for 2024? Did you test out more than 3 years ago? Contact Sophia Whisman, whisman.30@osu.edu or 740-252-5435 to check your status.

Skillathon Study Guides

Skillathon study guides are out for 2024!!

They have been fully updated and are ready to go so take a look!

 

They were posted last week, but some changes were made today so make sure you have the fully updated versions posted today! (There were changes to she sheep study guide).

 

Find the study guides and more here: https://morgan.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/morgan-county-fair

Goat Webinar Series

The Ohio State University Extension Small Ruminants Team is hosting a 6-part All About Goats! spring webinar series. This webinar series is going to answer producers burning questions concerning their own herd and help new producers start their herds. Whether you are thinking about raising Dairy or Meat goats- this webinar is for you! All youth livestock exhibitors are encouraged to attend. Registration is required and can be completed by visiting go.osu.edu/allaboutgoats

Click the flyer below for more information!

Goat Webinar Flyer

 

State Poultry Clinic

Here is some information regarding the 2024 poultry clinic!

Topics covered: poultry nutrition, slaughter, quality assurance, biosecurity and more! See graphic for more details!

HPAI Update

The recent HPAI outbreak in multiple counties in Ohio has resulted in over 4 million birds being affected and prompted a lot of questions.

Timothy McDermott DVM Assistant Professor, Extension Educator Agriculture and Natural Resources, Franklin County

will be hosting a webinar on Tuesday December 19th @ 6pm in collaboration with the USDA Incident Response Team to try to get as much information  as well as provide an opportunity to learn more about the outbreak and how it is affecting both the Ohio poultry industry and the backyard/4-H poultry communities.  This is a great opportunity to ask questions and see what educational support is available.

Here is the list of topics to be discussed:
  • Biosecurity basics
  • Symptoms and signs of HPAI in poultry
  • Control Area – what is it and what does it mean for backyard farms?
  • Surveillance Zone – what is it and what does it mean for backyard farms?
  • How long does a quarantine last?
  • What is the status of the incident?
  • What can you do if you have questions?
  • Q&A
     
 
Here are the webinar details:  
 
Hi there,
 
You are invited to a CarmenZoom webinar.
When: Dec 19, 2023 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Ohio Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Update
 
Please click the link below to join the webinar:

HPAI Concern

HPAI Detected in Commercial Flock in Union County, Ohio

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) has been detected in a commercial layer flock in Union County, Ohio. The non-negative result was confirmed by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS). The samples were first tested at the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory and confirmed at the APHIS National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa.

HPAI is a highly contagious virus that spreads quickly and can be fatal to flocks and devastating to poultry owners, both commercial and non-commercial. HPAI can infect poultry (such as chickens, turkeys, pheasants, quail, domestic ducks, geese, and guinea fowl) and is carried by free flying waterfowl such as ducks, geese, and shorebirds.

New detections continue to be confirmed this fall in both backyard and commercial cases around the country. This is the first detection in Ohio for 2023. Visit USDA’s Confirmed Detections website to stay up to date on all HPAI confirmed cases.

State officials quarantined the affected premise, and birds on the property will be depopulated to prevent the spread of the disease. Federal and State partners are working jointly on additional surveillance and testing in areas around the affected flocks. Surveillance activities will be conducted in a 20-kilometer zone around the infected premises.

The recent HPAI detection does not present an immediate public health concern, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. No human cases have been detected in the United States. According to USDA, HPAI cannot be transmitted through properly cooked meats or eggs. Products from any HPAI-affected flocks are prohibited from entering the food system. As a reminder, the proper handling and cooking of all poultry and eggs to an internal temperature of 165 ˚F is recommended as a general food safety precaution.

 

Keep you and your flock safe, please see the trifold for more information!

Avian Influenza Trifold Avian-Influenza-Trifold (1)

LAST REMINDER: Older Youth Opportunities

The deadline is coming quickly and we have very little numbers this year! PLEASE promote this!

Any youth interested in  Junior Leaders, Junior Fair Board, 4-H Committee, Sale Committee, and CARTEENS. Please read further.

Older youth applications are due by November 20th.

Click the link below to visit our website at http://morgan.osu.edu to learn more about each older youth opportunity.

Older youth letters have already been mailed out. This opportunity allows you to learn about scholarships, awards, workforce and life skills, and other leadership opportunities beyond the county level. Explore your leadership skills and build a strong foundation to stand on once you become a caring and contributing citizen in society. Even if you are unsure, we encourage you to complete the application; you can always reconsider.

Application available at https://go.osu.edu/olderyouthmorgan2024

Older Youth Opportunities

The deadline is coming quickly!

Any youth interested in  Junior Leaders, Junior Fair Board, 4-H Committee, Sale Committee, and CARTEENS. Please read further.

Older youth applications are due by November 20th.

Click the link below to visit our website at http://morgan.osu.edu to learn more about each older youth opportunity.

Older youth letters have already been mailed out. This opportunity allows you to learn about scholarships, awards, workforce and life skills, and other leadership opportunities beyond the county level. Explore your leadership skills and build a strong foundation to stand on once you become a caring and contributing citizen in society. Even if you are unsure, we encourage you to complete the application; you can always reconsider.

Application available at https://go.osu.edu/olderyouthmorgan2024