Hog and Goat Clinic Scheduled for March 21

On Saturday, March 21, 2020 the Adams County Junior Fair will hold a Hog Clinic at 9 a.m., Quality Assurance at 10:30 a.m. and Goat Clinic beginning at 12 noon.  Junior Fair exhibitors wishing to attend the Quality Assurance session to meet the annual requirement should also plan to attend either the Hog or Goat clinic in order to meet the QA requirement.

Market Hog exhibitors, we especially encourage you to attend the Hog Clinic as we discuss important changes to the 2020 County and State Fair rules.


Note – this date is a change from the original published 4-H calendar.  In order to bring our members the most complete information we have pushed back the clinic.

Adams County Fair Market Hog Show Ractopamine Free in 2020

The Adams County Fair Market Hog show will be Ractopamine, known by brand names Paylean, Engain, etc., free this year.  This is a market driven decision that will give our junior fair exhibitors the best chance to receive a fair packer bid on their market hog project.  The process to ensure a ractopamine free show is still being finalized.  Exhibitors and their parents or guardians should expect to sign an affidavit certifying their project has not been fed ractopamine.  These documents will be sent via email to all members enrolled in a market hog project and will be available on our county website as soon as they are approved.

When choosing your animals, you should confirm that they have not been fed ractopamine and you should not offer it as a feed.  In order to prevent cross contamination from previous market hog projects, exhibitors should thoroughly clean pens, trailers, feeders, fans, etc.  The attached fact sheet provides further information to consider.  Additional information compiled by the Ohio Pork Council, The Ohio State University, the Ohio State Fair and the Ohio Department of Agriculture can be found at https://ohiopork.org/ractopamine-free/.


Changes Coming for Market Hog Exhibitors

Many of you raising or showing market hogs have heard the recent buzz about ractopamine, often referred to by the brand names Paylean, Engain, etc.  Ractopamine is an FDA approved feed additive that is sometimes used to increase rate of gain and build muscle.  Recently, several meat packers have notified their suppliers that they will no longer purchase hogs that have been fed ractopamine.  This list of packers include buyers for many fairs in Ohio.

The Adams County Senior Fair Board and OSU Extension Adams County are aware of this situation.  We are currently working to gather information that will enable us to vote on rules for our 2020 fair.  The Ohio State Fair has announced they will be ractopamine free for 2020 which means animals fed the feed additive cannot show at State Fair.  Many counties are moving towards this ban on ractopamine but the manner in which it will be enforced varies greatly.    As we wait to receive guidance from the Ohio State Fair, I would encourage you to refrain from purchasing or feeding ractopamine in preparation for a possible ban on this substance.  Watch for more information as it becomes available.


New for 2020 – Family Animal Rule

The Adams County Junior and Senior Fair Boards have approved a rule change for the 2020 fair that will benefit families with multiple children exhibiting livestock.  The rule reads:

“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, including “family” animals. State Fair steers and heifers cannot be registered as a family animal.  Market rabbit exhibitors must tattoo in 1 pen (2 rabbits) in his/her name.  A family can tattoo one additional pen of rabbits as a “family” pen.  Each exhibitor will have access to no more than two pens of market rabbits, including “family” pens.  This rule does not apply to market poultry.  Family is defined as junior fair eligible youth who are legally siblings, half-siblings or step-siblings.”

This rule will allow families with multiple children showing to potentially purchase fewer animals and still have a safety net if an animal does not make weight, becomes injured or cannot show at the county fair.  For example, if a family has 3 children in a market hog project, each child must tag at least one hog in their name and the family can tag up to an additional two hogs in the family name.  The exhibitors will then designate whose name the hogs will be shown in when they weigh in at the fair.  All other rules pertaining to exhibition at the Adams County Fair still apply including enrollment deadlines, Quality Assurance and skillathon participation and other related Junior Fair rules.

If you have questions about this rule change, please contact the Extension Office by phone at 937-544-2339 or via email at watters.92@osu.edu.

Market Beef Tag In – December 14

4-H and FFA market beef projects being raised for the 2020 Adams County Fair must be ear tagged and weighed at the fairgrounds on Saturday morning, December 14, 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 potential Adams County Born and Raised show entries will receive a special ear tag. No Born and Raised entries will be accepted after December 14.

Youth may identify and exhibit as many as three market beef animals – steers or market heifers – for the Adams County Fair.  New for the 2020 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 2020 State Fair, set for July 29 through August 9. 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 2020 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, 2020 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 on December 14. DNA packets with EID tags will be available, 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 December 14, contact OSU Extension Adams County at 937-544-2339. For more information about the Ohio State Fair market beef nomination process, contact Stacey French via email at s.french@expo.state.oh.us or visit the State Fair website at http://www.ohiostatefair.com/.


Junior Fair Sale Check Pick Up

Adams County Junior Fair Sale checks can be picked up on Tuesday, August 27 from 5- 7 p.m. at the Administration Building on the fairgrounds.  Please make every effort to have your check picked up that evening.  If you are unable to be there yourself, please make arrangements with an advisor or friend to pick up the check for you.

All members that participated in the Adams County Junior Fair Sale should send a thank you card to each buyer listed for your project.  The complete list of buyers can be found here.  Members should also send thank you notes to the sponsors of any awards received.  Those sponsors along with their addresses are listed on the back or bottom of each award.

The note should include a greeting, the specific reason you are thanking them, how you plan to use the funds or why you appreciated the award, a detail or comment about yourself, a closing and signature.  A thank you card may seem like a small gesture but it goes a long way to ensuring the success of our junior fair in the future.

Breeding Entry Deadline is June 1st

If you plan to show breeding livestock at the 2019 Adams County Fair you must turn in your Breeding Entry form.  Forms for breeding beef, dairy, meat and dairy goats, sheep, swine, and rabbits as well as all poultry other than market chickens, market ducks and market turkeys are due to the Extension Office on June 1st by 4 p.m.  In 2019, June 1st falls on a Saturday so we will accept forms on Monday, June 3rd before 4 p.m.  Forms can be found online at Adams County 4-H Livestock or at the Extension Office.  You must be enrolled in a breeding project, have completed both Quality Assurance and Skillathon for your species and submit the correct entry form in order to exhibit your breeding livestock.  See your livestock exhibitor project and fair guidelines for additional information.



Livestock Exhibitor Letters and Information

Livestock exhibitor letters, requirements and breeding registration forms were emailed to members registered in livestock projects on April 2nd.  These documents contain important information for livestock exhibitors.  They were sent to the email address associated with the member in 4-H Online.  These documents can be found at https://adams.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/animal-projects.  Please take a minute to review the information relevant to your species and note the important dates listed.

Spring Market Livestock Tag In

Pre-fair tag-in for market goats, lambs and feeder calves will be on Thursday, May 9th from 5 – 8:30 p.m. at the fairgrounds.  Yes, you read that right, Thursday.  Please note the new day and times as they are a departure from our usual Saturday morning tag-ins.  Feeder Calves will be tagged from 5 – 8:30 p.m.  Market Goats will begin at 5 and run until 7 p.m. immediately followed by Market Lambs from 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Dr. Stanfield will offer vaccinations and castration for feeder calves as they move through the chute.  You may  vaccinate your feeder calves at prior to tag-in, but be sure to bring the completed Preconditioned Health Form with you.  Forms can be found at https://adams.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/animal-projects.

All sheep and goats should have a scrapie identification tag before crossing the scale.

Livestock Clinics and Quality Assurance Scheduled

The Adams County Junior Fair will host separate market hog and goat clinics and a Quality Assurance session on Saturday, March 16th at the Adams County Fairgrounds Administration building. The market hog clinic will begin at 9 a.m. followed by Quality Assurance at 10:45 a.m. and the goat clinic at noon. Exhibitors are encouraged to attend at least one of the clinics and must be present for the entirety of the Quality Assurance session in order to meet the annual requirement to exhibit. There will be additional opportunities for Quality Assurance on April 16 and May 6 and 7.

The market hog clinician will be Tonya Fender. Tonya is from Lynchburg, Ohio where she grew up and is currently a business partner on her family’s show-pig operation where they have 90 head of sows and sell show-pigs year-round to 4-H and FFA exhibitors across the country. In addition, Tonya works full-time for The Wendt Group, also known as showpig.com, assisting with everyday business operations. She is a 2015 graduate of The Ohio State University in Agricultural Communications and a 2013 graduate of Lake Land College in Mattoon, Illinois where she was a competitive member of both livestock judging teams. Tonya has shown pigs for the past 22 years all over the nation and was a member of the National Junior Swine Association Board of Directors, the National Junior Swine Association, 4-H and FFA programs.

The goat clinic clinicians will be Leanne and Melanie Fuhrmann. Leanne, a lifelong 4-H member parent and advisor, grew up in northern Indiana and graduated from Purdue University where she met her husband Paul. She was instrumental in developing the Laporte County, Indiana 4-H goat projects almost 40 years ago. Since 1992 she has been the Scioto goat project leader and representative of the Scioto county 4-H market and breeding committee, as well as, club advisor and mother of 5, now 14 year 4-H alumni. They have been raising Boer goats for 4-H market and breeding projects for almost 20 years now. They currently have 30 breeding does and about 50 kids.

Melanie Fuhrmann is a junior at OSU majoring in community leadership- community and extension leadership with aspirations of becoming a 4-H educator. She is a 14 year 4-H alumni and current advisor and has shown Boer goats her entire 4-H career. She was selected as the Ohio 4-H goat project achievement winner in 2014. In addition to raising Boer goats, the Fuhrmann family also own and operate Fuhrmann Orchards LLC where they raise over 100 acres of apples, peaches, fresh flowers and vegetables.

The livestock clinics have been scheduled to help 4-H and FFA members enrolled in goat or hog projects learn the skills needed to successfully raise and show their projects at the 2019 Adams County Fair. As always, it is important for members and their families to keep their project goal in mind: to successfully raise, exhibit, and market a high quality, safe, market-ready food product. Again in 2019, all market animals, regardless of species, will need to make weight at fair weigh-ins in July in order to compete for champion and to sell in the Fair’s Livestock Sale.

The Junior Fair Clinics are open to all interested 4-H and FFA members from Adams and neighboring counties. Youth will need to arrive and register about 15 minutes prior to the start of the clinic. Clinics target younger or less experienced project members, although any member is welcome. For more information about the clinic or any of the OSU Extension youth educational programs, contact Kristy Watters at watters.92@osu.edu or via telephone at 937.544.2339.

4-H, the positive youth development program of The Ohio State University, is open to all eligible youth without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or disability.