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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.