Virtual Livestock Judging Opportunity

How would you like to participate in a judging contest from your phone? Introducing the first-ever Ohio 4-H Animal Sciences Virtual Judging Contest!
The rules are simple:
  • -It is 100% FREE
  • -Participate each week before results are posted
  • -The contest is open to all ages
  • -Check back at the end of the week for results
  • -The contest will run through early July
Division champions will be selected and are divided as follows:
  • -Novice (0-7)
  • -Junior (8-11)
  • -Intermediate (12-14)
  • -Senior (15-18)
  • -Advanced (19+)
Participate every week for a chance to be named the Ohio 4-H Animal Sciences Virtual Judging Champion!
This is a practice week (results will not be recorded)
Click the link below to participate:

Avian Influenza Update

Update on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza from Dr. Timothy McDermott, DVM

  • Highly Pathogenic Eurasian H5 avian influenza was recently found in wild birds in South & North Carolina.
  • The species it was discovered in are migratory waterfowl.
  • Because migratory waterfowl in South and North Carolina or birds they encounter migrate through Ohio, precautions should be taken to prevent the potential exposure of both the commercial poultry industry and backyard poultry community birds to high path avian influenza.
  • Biosecurity for backyard poultry includes preventing wild birds from mingling with the flock. Preventative measures include ensuring your domestic birds cannot access areas migrating birds may visit, such as ponds, puddles, other open water sources, pastures, fields, etc. Prevent interaction with other wild birds in your flock using fencing or bird netting. The aim is to keep your domestic birds from encountering migratory waterfowl.
  • The Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (ADDL) will test for high path avian influenza in birds suspected of being infected. They would like necropsy specimens submitted via a vet.
  • If you get a call from clients regarding sick birds, CLICK HERE for a list of vets who see poultry in Ohio.
  • Source new birds from reputable sources such as an NPIP approved hatchery.
  • Hunters play an important role in biosecurity. CLICK HERE for biosecurity tips for hunters.
  • USDA APHIS issued the following update on this topic on 1/18/2022:

WASHINGTON, January 18, 2022 – The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed two additional findings of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in wild birds – one in Colleton County, South Carolina and one in Hyde County, North Carolina.  These finds follow confirmation on January 14, 2022 of HPAI in a wild bird in Colleton County, South Carolina. All three findings are H5N1 HPAI.

These findings are not unexpected, as wild birds can be infected with HPAI and show no signs of illness. They can carry the disease to new areas when migrating. APHIS anticipates additional wild bird findings as our robust wild bird sampling program continues into the spring.

APHIS will post these and all future wild bird findings on its website on a weekly basis. Stakeholders should check the website on a routine basis, as no future stakeholder announcements are planned for wild bird findings.

Since wild birds can be infected with these viruses without appearing sick, people should minimize direct contact with wild birds by using gloves. If contact occurs, wash your hands with soap and water, and change clothing before having any contact with healthy domestic poultry and birds. Hunters should dress game birds in the field whenever possible and practice good biosecurity to prevent any potential disease spread. Biosecurity information is available at: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/publications/animal_health/2015/fsc_hpai_hunters.pdf.

Given these additional findings, anyone involved with poultry – commercial or backyard flocks alike – should review their biosecurity plan and enhance their biosecurity practices to assure the health of their birds. APHIS has materials about biosecurity, including videos, checklists, and a toolkit available for producers on our website.

In addition to practicing good biosecurity, all bird owners should prevent contact between their birds and wild birds and report sick birds or unusual bird deaths to State/Federal officials, either through their state veterinarian or through USDA’s toll-free number at 1-866-536-7593. Additional information on biosecurity for backyard flocks can be found at http://healthybirds.aphis.usda.gov.

 

Adams County Junior Fair Market Beef Tag-in

4-H and FFA market beef projects being raised for the 2022 Adams County Fair must be ear tagged and weighed at the fairgrounds by the Adams County Fair Board on Saturday morning, January 15, beginning at 8:30 a.m. All animals must be on the fairgrounds and in line no later than 10:00 a.m. Animals being identified for the Adams County Fair will be tagged, weighed, and tattooed. Animals being tagged as Adams County Born and Raised show entries will receive a special ear tag. No Born and Raised entries will be accepted after tag-in.

Youth may identify and exhibit as many as three market beef animals – steers or market heifers – for the Adams County Fair. Each market beef exhibitor will be required to designate at least one animal in his/her name and a family can tag an additional two animals of that species per Junior Fair member as “family” animals. Each exhibitor will have access to no more than three total animals in that species, including “family” animals. State Fair steers and heifers cannot be registered as a family animal. Family is defined as junior fair eligible youth who are legally siblings, half-siblings or step-siblings.

Ohio State Fair: The Ohio State Fair (OSF) Beef Department is once again using EID ear tag and DNA sample protocols for identifying market beef animals for the 2022 State Fair, tentatively set for July 27 through August 7. These protocols include the use of an electronic identification (EID) ear tag that has a unique 15-digit number and a DNA sample that will be submitted for all market beef animals that exhibitors plan to enter in the 2022 Ohio State Fair Junior Market Beef show.

The DNA collection will be in the form of a hair follicle sample that must be received by the OSF by January 15, 2022 to meet the state fair ownership deadlines for market beef animals. Along with the DNA hair submission, each market animal’s 15-digit EID tag must also be included on the DNA packet.

Due to tag-in being the same day DNA packets are due to OSF, the Adams County Junior Fair Board will not be inserting EID tags at tag-in. No DNA samples will be collected by the Adams County Junior Fair Board. DNA packets with EID tags are available at the Extension Office, and anyone wanting to identify an animal for OSF may request a packet. The OSF animal must be tagged with the EID tag prior to January 15. The owner will be responsible for tagging the animal, collecting the DNA sample (instructions provided), completing the requested registration information on the packet, having the entry signed by an FFA advisor (for FFA entries) or the Extension Educator (for 4-H entries), and submitting their completed packet to the OSF by the January 15 deadline.

For more information regarding the Adams County Fair market beef tag-in on January 15, contact OSU Extension Adams County at 937-544-2339. For more information about the Ohio State Fair market beef nomination process visit the State Fair website at http://www.ohiostatefair.com/.

 

The Power of Thank You

Show boxes have been emptied, ribbons have been hung, project work has been put away for another year.  You spend days, weeks, and months preparing, practicing, checking and double checking that your books are complete, you’ve done your best work, and you’re ready to compete.  Fair week is the culmination of a year of hard work and dedication and whether your project is on display in the booth building or the show ring, it’s your chance to show off your accomplishments for the year.  Fair comes and goes in the blink of an eye and when the dust settles you’re left with a sense of pride in your achievements, lasting friendships, great memories, and recognition of a job well done.

The Adams County community once again showed up in force to support our youth during the 2021 Adams County Fair.  Sponsorships of awards, banners, giveaways, and the Junior Fair Sale are just a few ways businesses and individuals recognize and reward the hard work of our junior fair members.  In order to maintain this outstanding level of support, we need to show our appreciation to those sponsors.  Saying thank you is a small but meaningful way we can express to our community how much their support means.

If you received an award during fair, there was a label on the back with the name and address of the award sponsor.  If you haven’t already, please take a few minutes and write out a thank you note to those individuals.  If you sold a project in the Adams County Junior Fair Sale, please visit this link to find your buyers’ name(s) and address(es) and send them a thank you card as soon as possible.  Now is also a great time to thank your advisors, friends, neighbors, mentors, or others that helped you achieve your goals in 2021.

Not sure where to start with your thank you note?  Check out these simple steps and suggestions shared from Teresa Johnson, 4-H Educator in Defiance County.

Saying thank you seems simple but it is a big deal.  Please be sure to reach out to all of your sponsors and let them know how much you appreciate their support!

June 1st Deadlines

June 1st is “Junior Fair Entry Day”, here is a list of all forms and project registrations due to the extension office 4 p.m.

Make sure if these projects apply to you or your club members that they get these items turned in. Again the deadline is June 1st, by 4 p.m.

Skillathon Update

Update on our skillathon process for 2021.  Now that our in-person limit has been raised to 300 people we will NOT need to pre-register for skillathon.

Skillathon will be held on Wednesday, May 26 and Thursday, May 27 at the Adams County Fairgrounds from 2 – 7 p.m.  We will be set up in the Administration Building and only members will be allowed to enter the building.  Masks and social distancing are required.

All 4-H members must participate in the applicable Skillathon(s) to show at the fair and earn points for the Outstanding Exhibitor scoring. Skillathons are required for 4-H and optional for FFA. Exceptions: Participation in the Skillathon is optional for youth enrolled in horseless horse, pet goat, and pet rabbit projects.

Your livestock resource book and record book are an excellent place to begin studying for skillathon.  Looking for some additional study tools?  Check out our friends at Wayne County’s practice skillathons at https://wayne.osu.edu/skillathon-study-materials.

Makeup skillathon will be scheduled on an individual basis.  If you cannot attend the scheduled dates on May 26 or 27, please contact the office or myself.  Anyone not completing the skillathon on May 26 or 27 will not be eligible for related awards.  The makeup skillathon will however meet the requirement to show at the 2021 Adams County Junior Fair.

Spring Tag-In Saturday, May 1

Spring tag-in will take place on Saturday, May 1 at the Adams County Fairgrounds. Feeder calves will tag from 8 a.m. – 12 noon.  Feeder calf exhibitors should bring a completed feeder calf vaccination record which was emailed and can be found here or have the fair vet administer the required vaccinations at tag-in.  The fair vet will be on site to provide vaccinations/castrations for feeder calves. Exhibitors are responsible for vet fees.

Market Goats will tag from 8 – 10 a.m. and Market Lambs from 10 – 11 a.m. Goat and lamb exhibitors will enter the Larry Ave gate and be weighed and tagged at the Small Animal barns.  This will cut down on congestion on the upper end of the fairgrounds and allow goat and sheep exhibitors to park closer to their weigh/tagging area.  All goats and lambs must have official USDA scrapie identification at the time of tag-in, and animals with blue, slaughter-only or meat scrapie tags will not be tagged and may not be exhibited at the fair.

Each large animal exhibitor will be required to designate at least one animal in his/her name. A family can tag an additional two animals of that species per Junior Fair member as “family” animals. Each exhibitor will have access to no more than three total animals in that species at fair, including “family” animals.  Family is defined as junior fair eligible youth who are legally siblings, half-siblings or step-siblings.

For more information please refer to the Exhibitor Letter and Fair Requirements that were emailed to you and can be found at https://adams.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/animal-projects.

If you have questions, please reach out to the Extension Office or email me at watters.92@osu.edu.

OPTIONAL Market Hog Weigh-in

Market hog exhibitors wishing to compete for Production Champion at the 2021 Adams County Junior Fair should bring their market hog(s) to the fairgrounds on Saturday, April 24 between 8:30 – 10 a.m. to weigh.  This is an optional weigh in and not required to exhibit your market hog(s) at the fair.  This weight will only be used to calculate rate of gain for the production class.  It will not be used to calculate Outstanding Market Exhibitor.

All market hogs must be registered by April 15 at https://go.osu.edu/markethog21 in order to be eligible to weigh, show, and sell at the fair.

If you have questions, please contact Kristy at watters.92@osu.edu.

 

Quality Assurance Test Out Opportunity

Adams County Junior Fair is once again offering Test Out options in 2021.  This is an opportunity for youth ages 12 and up to take and pass an exam in place of attending the required annual Quality Assurance training.

Youth ages 12-14 years old who pass the QA test can test out of their annual QA program for up to three (3) years. At the age of 15 as of January 1, current year, youth must then take the 15-18 year old test.  Youth ages 15-18 years old who pass the QA test can test out of their annual QA program permanently.  These ages are as of January 1, 2021 – a youth’s 4-H age.  In order to pass the test, members must score a 70% or higher.

Tests are scheduled to be administered in the high school ag room at the following:

North Adams High School – Wednesday, March 31 at 2:15 p.m.

Manchester High School – Friday, April 2 at 2:45 p.m.

West Union High School – Monday, April 19 at 2 p.m.

Peebles High School – Tuesday, April 20 at 2 p.m.

Students planning to take the test should be in the ag room before the scheduled time and ready to take the exam.  Youth who do not pass the exam will be required to attend a quality assurance training in order to exhibit their livestock at the 2021 Adams County Junior Fair.  If you have questions about Quality Assurance or Test Out please contact Kristy at watters.92@osu.edu.