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

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!

Spring Tag-in Saturday May 7

Mark your calendars! It’s Spring Tag-in time. Saturday, May 7. Feeder calves 8 a.m.-12 noon, goats 8-10 a.m., sheep 10-11 a.m.
Feeder calves will enter the Boyd Ave gate as usual. Dr. Stanfield will be on site to provide vaccination and/or castration if needed. If you are vaccinating your own cattle please be sure to complete and bring a copy of the vaccination record. All feeder calves must be vaccinated and should be boostered prior to the Adams County Fair.
Sheep and goats will be directed to the Larry Ave gate and weigh/tag in the rabbit barn. All sheep and goats MUST have a scrapie tag in order to weigh in. If your animal was not tagged when you purchased it, contact the breeder now to secure a scrapie identification tag.
There is a vendor fair scheduled on the grounds so please be cautious of foot traffic.

Market Hog Registration Due May 1

Market hog tags are available for pickup in the Extension office. Please only request the number of tags you actually plan to use as we are trying our best to conserve tags that are in short supply. Registration is due May 1 in order to show at the 2022 Adams County Junior Fair. Log on to and upload photos and information about your animal.
Tag should go in the hog’s left ear with the button on the inside of the ear and the tag on the back. Detailed identification instructions as well as Adams County Junior Fair requirements can be found at on the livestock page under swine.
There will be an OPTIONAL market hog weigh-in on Friday, May 6, 6-7 p.m. at the Adams County Fairgrounds Swine barn. Exhibitors that wish to compete for market hog production champion must weigh-in at this time.
Market hog exhibitors that plan to show at the Ohio State Fair must have a premise ID and 840 tags. Those exhibitors may submit their 840 identification number in place of an Adams County Junior Fair tag on their market hog registration.
If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to Kristy at or call the office at 937-544-2339.

Hog and Goat Clinic March 26

Join us on Saturday, March 26 at the Adams County Fairgrounds for Hog and Goat Clinic.

Hog clinic will begin at 9:30 a.m. Our guest speaker will be recent 4-H alum from Brown County Jaden Utter. Jaden had a successful show career in 4-H and FFA and will share what he learned with our members.

Quality Assurance will be offered at 11 a.m. All livestock members are required to either complete Quality Assurance or test out in order to exhibit at the fair.

At noon we will begin Goat Clinic. Bryan Hazelbaker will be our guest speaker. Bryan is an Adams County 4-H and FFA alum that continues to have success in the show ring and with his goat operation.

Come prepared for hands on learning. We may be outdoors for parts of the clinic so dress appropriately for the weather. Clinics are open to members of all ages interested in learning more about the project area.

Quality Assurance Dates

Youth planning to show livestock at the 2022 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 a virtual Quality Assurance training via Zoom and several opportunities for in-person trainings.  Pre-registration is required for Zoom Quality Assurance training.  To register visit  The following opportunities are available:


  • Tuesday, April 12, 7 p.m.


  • March 9, Fairgrounds, 6:30 p.m.
  • March 26, Fairgrounds, 11 a.m.
  • April 26, Fairgrounds, 6:30 p.m.

Rabbit Clinic

  • April 21, Fairgrounds, 6 p.m.

Test Out – Youth ages 12 & Up

  • March 29, North Adams HS, 2 p.m.
  • March 31, OVCTC, call ahead
  • April 5, Peebles HS, 2 p.m.
  • April 6, Manchester HS, 2:45 p.m.
  • April 11, West Union HS, 2 p.m.

Online YQCA – $12 fee – 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

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:

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