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.

Beef Quality Assurance Opportunity

OSU Extension Gallia County is offering a virtual beef specific quality assurance opportunity.  The Dollars and Cents of Market Projects will take a look at hot topics in the meatpacking industry and ways you can affect the resale value of your market animal.
On April 6, 2021 at 6:00 PM Dr. Steve Boyles and Dr. Lyda Garcia will be conducting this special online QA training. The training will specifically address issues with beef care and handling. The workshop is open to any 4-H or FFA member ages 12 and up, however members under the age of 14 will be required to have an adult participate in the training with them. To register for the event click on the link www.go.osu.edu/dollarsandcents
complete the registration form and a Zoom link will be sent to your email. You will need that link to connect and join the training on April 6, 2021. The Zoom room will open at 5:45 PM and the training will begin promptly at 6:00 PM. To receive QA credit you must participate the entire time and follow instructions given throughout the event. For questions contact Tracy at winters.5@osu.edu

Market Hog Tags Available

Official Adams County Fair market hog ear tags may be picked up at the Extension Office during regular business hours beginning Monday, March 8. The office is open by appointment on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.  Please call the office at 937-544-2339 to schedule pick up of tags.  If you call ahead to make prior arrangements tags can be picked up on Wednesday or Friday during regular business hours.  An advisor, friend, or parent may pick up forms and tags. You do not have to pick them up yourself.

The possession deadline for market hogs is April 15. Again in 2021 exhibitors will submit their pictures and information using an electronic form.  The form located at https://go.osu.edu/markethog21 asks for information regarding identification, possession, age and photographs of your animal and should be completed in its entirety by April 15.

When tagging your market hog, please be sure the button goes on the inside of the hog’s ear with the tag on the back side.  Please tag the animal’s left ear.

We will also be distributing the ractopamine free affidavit for producers and exhibitors.  If you purchase your market hogs, please be sure to have this form completed by the breeder.  You will submit the ractopamine free affidavit at fair check in on Monday morning of the fair.  These forms can be found at adams.osu.edu as well.

 

Adams County Jr Fair Quality Assurance Dates

Youth planning to show livestock at the 2021 Adams County Jr Fair or Ohio State Fair must complete Assuring Quality Care of Animals training or test out no later than 45 days before the start of exhibition.  This year we are offering virtual Quality Assurance training via Zoom on several dates and a limited number of in-person trainings.  Pre-registration is required for all Zoom and  In-Person Quality Assurance trainings.  To register visit https://go.osu.edu/21QA and select the session you plan to attend. Please make your best effort to attend the training you register for as spaces are limited.  The following opportunities are available:

Zoom

Tuesday, March 30 at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, April 13 at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, April 28 at 5 p.m.

Wednesday, May 12 at 5 p.m.

In-Person – Limited Attendance

Saturday, April 10 at 9 a.m. – Livestock Clinic

Thursday, April 15 at 5:30 or 7:15 p.m. – Rabbit Clinic

Wednesday, May 5 at 7 p.m. – Drive In

Test Out

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

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

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

Online YQCA – $12 fee. 

http://yqca.org – Online YQCA training is once again an option for Adams County youth.  There is a $12 fee associated with this online training.  YQCA must also be completed a minimum of 45 days prior to the fair to be accepted.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact the office at 937-544-2339 or email Kristy at watters.92@osu.edu.

Adams County 4-H Countywide Zoom Meeting Sunday, February 28, 3 p.m.

The Countywide 4-H Meeting will be this Sunday, February 28 at 3 p.m on Zoom. This month we will share tips and tricks to help you successfully complete your 4-H project(s).  We will also have pledges, county updates, a 4-H swag drawing for members present, and virtual recreation. Log on at https://go.osu.edu/Adams4HCareers.

Please have a piece of paper (copy, construction, cardstock, or colored) and crayons or markers to complete our community service project.

Clubs interested in a breakout room after the county meeting, please contact me prior to the meeting.  All 4-H members and their families are invited to attend!

Parents/guardians are responsible for maintaining care, custody, and control of their minor(s) and are responsible for monitoring the activities their child is participating in. If you have a disability and have questions about accessibility or wish to request accommodations, please contact Kristy Watters at watters.92@osu.edu.

4-H Enrollment is Open!

2021 Adams County 4-H enrollment is open!  Visit oh.4honline.com to enroll for the new project year.  4-H Online has a new look this year, but appears to be more user friendly.

To log in, use your email address that is on file with the Extension office and the password you created for 4-H Online.  If you don’t remember your password, you can choose “reset password” on the home page of 4-H Online.  If you are not sure which email address you use, please contact the office.  If you have been in 4-H before, please do NOT create a new profile.  Here is a short video to help you through the process.

New for this year, if you enroll in an equine or dog project, it will automatically include the permission forms for you to sign electronically.  If you are taking a livestock project, you will still need to sign and submit a hard copy of the Adams County Junior Fair Livestock Exhibitor Agreement.

If you questions, please contact the office at 937-544-2339.  You can also email Barbie or Kristy if you have questions.  Remember to log in before the February 15 enrollment deadline.

 

2021 Market Beef Tag-In, Saturday, January 9

The Adams County Senior Fair Board will hold Market Beef Tag-in on Saturday, January 9 from 8:30 – 10 a.m. at the fairgrounds.  All market beef projects being raised for the 2021 Adams County Junior Fair should be in line no later 10 a.m. to be tagged, weighed and tattooed.

Families attending Market Beef Tag-In should remain in their vehicles until they are at the chute.  At that time, one individual can exit the vehicle to identify animals as they cross the scales.  Masks and social distancing will be required.  Members will register their animals online at www.go.osu.edu/21MarketBeef and will receive an email confirmation including tag and weight following tag-in.  You will need to visit this link AFTER your animal is tagged to complete the required information.

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 2021 State Fair, tentatively set for July 28 through August 8. 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 2021 Ohio State Fair Junior Market Beef show.

The DNA collection will be in the form of a hair follicle sample that will be submitted to the OSF by January 30, 2021 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.

No DNA samples will be collected by the Adams County Junior Fair Board. DNA packets with EID tags will be available at tag-in, and anyone wanting to identify an animal for OSF may request a packet. The OSF animal will be tagged with the EID tag, which will be also be used as its Adams County Fair tag. The owner will be responsible for 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 30 deadline.

For more information regarding the Adams County Fair market beef tag-in on January 9, 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/.

Market Beef Tag-In January 9, 2021

4-H and FFA market beef projects being raised for the 2021 Adams County Fair must be ear tagged and weighed at the fairgrounds on Saturday morning, January 9, 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 2021 State Fair, tentatively set for July 28 through August 8. 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 2021 Ohio State Fair Junior Market Beef show.

The DNA collection will be in the form of a hair follicle sample that will be submitted to the OSF by January 15, 2021 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.

No DNA samples will be collected by the Adams County Junior Fair Board. DNA packets with EID tags will be available at tag-in, and anyone wanting to identify an animal for OSF may request a packet. The OSF animal will be tagged with the EID tag, which will be also be used as its Adams County Fair tag. The owner will be responsible for 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 9, 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/.