Market Hog Registration Due May 1

Market hog registrations are due by May 1, 2024! Hogs must be tagged, photographed, and information submitted at go.osu.edu/markethog24 by the deadline.

Tags are available for market hogs in the Extension office, Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – noon and 12:30 – 4 p.m. Exhibitors do not have to be present to pick up tags. Market hog tags are EID tags for 2024. Please only take as many as you need and return any unused tags to the office.

Exhibitors with hogs born in Adams County are also eligible to exhibit in the County Born and Raised (CBR) show. Completed CBR forms are due to the Extension office by May 1. Please be sure to have the breeder sign and complete their portion of the form.

Forms and swine information can be found on our website at https://adams.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/animal-projects#Swine.

 

 

 

Quality Assurance Opportunities – UPDATED

Updated! Peebles High School test out date has changed to April 30.

All Junior Fair exhibitors of beef, dairy, goat, poultry, rabbits, sheep and swine projects must annually attend a qualifying Quality Assurance program or meet age-appropriate test out requirements on an Ohio Quality Assurance test at least 45 days before the start of the fair of the current year in order to exhibit their projects at the Adams County Fair.

The following opportunities are available in Adams County in 2024:

 

Members age 12 & up as of January 1 may test out of Quality Assurance. Tests will be administered at the dates and times listed and members must receive a 70% or higher to pass.

Quality assurance must be completed no later than May 22, 2024. If members choose to do the online YQCA training, they must provide a copy of the certifiate to the Extension office by emailing rowe.316@osu.edu.

 

Market Beef Tag In January 13

4-H and FFA market beef projects being raised for the 2024 Adams County Fair must be ear tagged and weighed at the fairgrounds on Saturday morning, January 13, beginning at 8:30 a.m. All animals must be on the fairgrounds and in line no later than 10:00 a.m. Animals identified for the Adams County Fair will be tagged, weighed, and tattooed. Animals designated as Adams County Born and Raised show entries will also need to bring the completed nomination form to submit at tag-in. 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 stepsiblings.

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 2024 State Fair, set for July 24 through August 4. 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 2024 Ohio State Fair Junior Market Beef show. EID tags are no longer provided by the Ohio State Fair.

The DNA collection will be in the form of a hair follicle sample that will be submitted to the OSF by January 15, 2024, 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 will be available in the Extension office and at tag-in and anyone wanting to identify an animal for OSF may request a packet. The OSF animal must be tagged with the EID tag which will 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 13, contact OSU Extension Adams County at 937-544-2339. For more information about the Ohio State Fair market beef registration process visit the State Fair website at http://www.ohiostatefair.com/.

Fair Registration Day is June 1

June 1st is “Junior Fair Entry Day”, here is a list of fair forms and project registrations due by June 1.

 

Quality Assurance Test Out Dates

12-14 year-old and 15-18 year-old 4-H and FFA members may 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. These ages are as of January 1, 2023 – a youth’s 4-H age.

Pre-registration is not required. If you wish to test, please be sure to be on time, take a pencil, and plan to spend 30-45 minutes on the test.

Please note the March 21 Quality Assurance session has been canceled.

Those who attended either the Beef Clinic or Small Animal Clinic in the fall of 2022 have completed their Quality Assurance requirement for the year. If you have questions, please call the Extension Office at 937-544-2339.

2023 Quality Assurance Dates

All youth planning to exhibit livestock at the 2023 Adams County Junior Fair must attend Quality Assurance or have tested out a minimum of 45 days prior to the start of the fair.

2023 Quality Assurance dates:

Wednesday, March 1, 5:30 p.m., Adams County Fairgrounds

Tuesday, March 21, 6 p.m., Adams County Fairgrounds

Saturday, March 25, 10:30 a.m., Adams County Fairgrounds held in conjunction with Hog Clinic (9 a.m.) and Goat Clinic (noon)

Thursday, April 13, 6 p.m., Adams County Fairgrounds held as part of Rabbit Clinic

Monday, April 17, 4:30 p.m., Adams County Fairgrounds

Wednesday, May 3, 5:30 p.m., Adams County Fairgrounds

Members may also use the online Youth Quality Care of Animals program for a cost of $12. Visit yqcaprogram.org to complete the online course and test. Please be sure to send a copy of your certificate to watters.92@osu.edu to ensure you receive credit for this option.

Market Beef Tag-In for 2023 Adams County Fair Scheduled for December 31, 2022

4-H and FFA market beef projects being raised for the 2023 Adams County Fair must be ear tagged and weighed at the fairgrounds on Saturday morning, December 31, beginning at 8:30 a.m. All animals must be on the fairgrounds and in line no later than 10:00 a.m. Animals identified for the Adams County Fair will be tagged, weighed, and tattooed. Animals 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 stepsiblings.

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 2023 State Fair, set for July 26 through August 6. 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 2023 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, 2023, 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 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 December 31, contact OSU Extension Adams County at 937-544-2339. For more information about the Ohio State Fair market beef registration process visit the State Fair website at http://www.ohiostatefair.com/.

Save the Date – Fall Beef Clinic & Quality Assurance

Mark your calendars! Adams County 4-H and Adams County Cattlemen’s will host a fall beef clinic and Quality Assurance session on Thursday, October 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Adams County Fairgrounds. We will discuss livestock selection and evaluation, beef nutrition, and cover the Good Production Practices required for Quality Assurance in 2023. Take this opportunity to get a jump start on your beef project! Watch your email for additional details.

Fair Entry Day is June 1

 

June 1st is “Junior Fair Entry Day”, here is a list of forms and project registrations due by June 1.

 

Last Scheduled Quality Assurance Tuesday

The last scheduled Quality Assurance training in Adams County is Tuesday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Adams County Fairgrounds.

Quality Assurance training is mandatory for livestock exhibitors planning to show at the 2022 Adams County Junior Fair or Ohio State Fair. QA must be completed at least 45 days prior to the start of exhibition (May 26, 2022).

We still have lots of members that need to complete QA to show.  If you have not completed, plan to attend tomorrow evening!