Youth Quality Assurance is an important part of the educational experience for 4-H and FFA members. Members who plan to exhibit livestock at the 2020 Adams County Fair will be required to complete Quality Assurance prior to exhibition. The Ohio Department of Agriculture has waived the 45 day before exhibition rule for 2020 only. ODA has also authorized OSU Extension to deliver Quality Assurance virtually with specific guidelines.
This gives us greater flexibility in planning and delivering the required material to our members. In Adams County the following options will be available to meet the Quality Assurance requirement for 2020.
Virtual Quality Assurance via Zoom – Kristy will be offering 5 sessions of Quality Assurance through May and early June. Members must register for the session at least 48 hours prior to the start time and will be emailed a link 24 hours in advance of the session. Members will need to log in using a computer or the Zoom app available for free to download to your device. Members will be required to view material, respond to questions and type into the chat box. If you do not have a microphone on your computer, you can communicate through the chat option. Register at https://go.osu.edu/adamsqa. All 5 sessions will cover large and small animal QA and are open to all Adams County 4-H and FFA members. Attendance will be limited to 40 families per Zoom session.
Online YQCA – For 2020, online YQCA is an approved option to complete Quality Assurance training. The online course costs $12 per member and each child will be required to have a unique email address. A help sheet providing step by step instructions for families interested in utilizing this online option is available on the Livestock tab of the Adams County Extension page. The $12 fee associated with this option is not refundable, cannot be waived by nor is it paid to OSU Extension Adams County.
There will be no test out option for 2020. Clubs and chapters will receive a list of members who need to be certified from the Extension office. If you have questions regarding Quality Assurance please contact Kristy at email@example.com or Barbie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dine with us at West Union Frisch’s on Thursday, January 23 from 4-9 p.m. and support the 4-H Horse and Small Animal programs. Present this flyer and ask for the party room when you are seated and the 4-H programs will receive 20% of the check. 4-H members will be serving guests in the party room from 5:30 – 8 p.m. this evening. Take the evening off from kitchen duty and support our youth!
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 email@example.com.
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.
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, 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.