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ATTENTION POULTRY EXHIBITORS: FFA, 4-H & OPEN SHOWS – Update on Pullorum Testing

Pullorum Testing will be held Saturday, June 4 from 10:00 am-12:00 pm in the Poultry Barn.  Please enter through the Western Avenue gate.  Otherwise, you will be charged admission for a paid event happening on the fairgrounds. The second date of June 18 from 10 am – 12 pm has been set too.

Pullorum testing is for ALL potential birds that will be shown in 4-H, FFA, and Open Shows during the 2022 Clermont County Fair. In the following categories:

  • Breeding Chickens
  • Exhibition Chickens
  • Fancy Chickens
  • Guinea Fowl
  • Pheasants
  • Quail

ALL means, if you have 5 birds at home and you are not sure which one you are bringing to the fair, then all 5 birds MUST be tested.

Exhibition turkeys must be blood tested by a veterinarian and proof must be provided at fair check-in.

Doves, pigeons, and waterfowl are and have been exempt from testing in Ohio.

Market Chickens and Market Turkeys do not have to be Pullorum Tested unless they are co-mingled with other poultry.

DO NOT CO-MINGLE!

 

 

Quality Assurance – Time is Running Out!

Remember that QA is due by June 1 to be eligible to participate in the Clermont County Junior Fair and the Ohio State Fair.

 

 

Check your status of Quality Assurance through 4-H Online?

2022 QA flyer

  • Test Out Options
    • By appointment only. Contact Gigi at neal.331@osu.edu or 513-732-7070
    • Ages 12-14 or 15-18 as of January 1 can test out of their age group in small or large animals.
  • Online YQCA Training
  • Ag Ed/FFA Training
    • Check with your teacher for when you are completing this process. The teacher will turn in a list of names to the Extension Office
    • Yes, you can be trained in another county school if the teacher is properly certified. The teacher will need to turn in completer names to neal.331@osu.edu.
  • Another County Training
    • Contact another county for training by going to their website. ex. brown.osu.edu, huron.osu.edu

Poultry Biosecurity: From the Backyard to the 4-H Project

Whether you raise poultry in your backyard, as a hobby, or as a 4-H project, biosecurity should be one of your top priorities.  In light of recent cases of HPAI, or Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, it is important to have a plan in place should any flock health issues arise.

This webinar will discuss biosecurity and health management practices for backyard flocks and 4-H poultry projects, and how to apply those practices to some of the more common poultry diseases.

DATE: Tuesday, May 31st

TIME: 6:30 p.m.

FLYER

SPEAKER: Tim McDermott, DVM, Franklin County Extension

To register, visit  https://go.osu.edu/poultrybio22

SPEAKER: Tim McDermott, DVM
Tim McDermott, Franklin County ANR Educator, will be discussing biosecurity measures for backyard flocks and 4-H poultry, as well as how to identify and apply biosecurity to 8 of the top 10 poultry diseases

Livestock News

Beef News

Six new articles have been posted in this week’s issue number 1294 of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter: http://u.osu.edu/beef/

Poison hemlock needs to be managed before it makes seed . . . this week Christine Gelley talks about killing it now!

Articles this week include:

  • Kill Poison Hemlock Now
  • Forage Harvest Management to Speed Drying and Store High-Quality Forage
  • Crabgrass for Summer Grazing…Have you lost your mind???
  • 10 Tips for Managing High Feed Prices
  • Will China meet its growing beef demand by raising it themselves?
  • Slow Planting Progress Contributing to Increased Corn Price Expectations

Small Ruminant Animals

Poultry

This information is provided by Tim McDermott, DVM, Extension Educator in Franklin County.

I want to share some updates and provide some information related to some questions I have been getting. In terms of birds affected per the USDA poultry confirmation website, we are at nearly 38 million.  For comparison’s sake, the 2014-2015 outbreak was 50 million birds affected.

  • Regarding keeping up bird feeders: My recommendation is to minimize or eliminate places where birds gather in a group during this outbreak. If you keep poultry, I highly recommend you do not put up bird feeders.  While songbirds have not been discovered as affected when I went through the list of wild birds on the USDA APHIS website, feeding is still considered a biosecurity risk.  Birds defecate where they eat and working with the feeders can spread the virus to other places when tracked on shoes.  Songbirds can also attract raptors as predators and unfortunately, raptors seem to be among the most negatively affected family of birds, similar to poultry.
  • Regarding putting up hummingbird feeders:  I have not seen any reports of hummingbirds being affected by HPAI.  Hummingbird feeders also do not attract the variety of other birds that regular feeders do.  I would still practice good biosecurity when feeding hummingbirds while this epidemic is in place. I would not feed hummingbirds if I kept poultry.

In terms of where we are in migration, May birding in Ohio is noted for being some of the best in the world. Last week was the Biggest Week in American Birding which attracted thousands to the western Lake Erie basin who are now heading home.  Hopefully not take the virus back with them. This generally marks the peak, but not the end, of migration.

We need to keep spreading the word and all doing our parts on Biosecurity.  I did another video with OPA and ODA that I would ask you all to share with your clients, Facebook pals, and 4H clubs.  It is an update on questions we have received, signs of HPAI, and who to call.

An Update on HPAI

Poultry Biosecurity webinar on Tuesday, May 31st @ 6:30. The flyer is hereCLICK HERE for registration.  This is likely one of the last Biosecurity classes I will be teaching this season so feel free to share out with any clients that may need to attend.  If they cannot attend, I have a recorded webinar found HERE on YouTube.

Pike and Scioto Hay School

Geared for new and advanced hay producers! This school will cover the basics of soil sampling, annual and perennial grasses and legume forage crops, equipment considerations, storage options,  forage testing, and hay marketing. Dinner is provided by Pike and Scioto County Farm Bureaus.

COST:  $10/person – pay upon arrival at the event.

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Sign Up to Work the 4-H Outpost

Sign up to work a shift in the 4-H Outpost during the Clermont County Fair!  It takes hundreds of youth, parents and volunteers to help make the Outpost run smoothly all week!.  The Outpost is a fundraiser sponsored by the Clermont County 4-H Committee, to support the 4-H program.

The funds raised from the Outpost are used to support state camp and trip scholarships, Camp Graham camperships, project awards, and educational programs.  Every 4-H club is asked to work one shift in the Outpost.  Shifts will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Each club must have a minimum of 8 youth working per shift. Youth must be at least 12 years of age, no one under the age of 18 is permitted to work at the grill.  A club volunteer or parent is required to be present throughout the shift.  When signing up, please use the first and last name of the volunteer overseeing the shift and put the club name in the comments.  Working a shift in the 4-H Outpost is a requirement for any club striving to become an Honor Club.

2022 4-H Outpost Sign Up

 

 

Junior Fair Livestock Registration Now Open

The Clermont County Junior Fair has changed software to Fair Entry. This software integrates with 4-H online. Above is a link to register the projects listed below for the fair. If you have registered for 4-H this year, please sign in using the 4-H online button. If you enrolled in 4-H and are going to show your entries in FFA, you can make that change at each entry. If you are showing through FFA and did not register in 4-H this year, you will need to create a Fair Entry Exhibitor account. You may need to clear your browser cache if you have problems logging in. There are two key steps to entering a project. First, you must create the entry and second, you must add an animal to each entry. For example, if you have two feeder calves, you will need to create two entries and add an animal to each one. Also, notice there is an entry for showmanship for each species. You will need to add that entry if you want to participate in showmanship. The deadline for registration for these projects is Friday, May 20, at 11:59pm.
You will find at the bottom a link to some videos and resources on how to register. When you log into Fair Entry, you may or may not see your Market Swine, Market Goats, Meat Does, Market Lambs or Breeding Ewe information. We are in the process of entering those in the system.
Current Open Registration:
CC Beef – Breeding
CC Beef – Feeder Calves
CC Dairy Cattle
CC Dairy Goat
CC Fiber Animals
CC Goat – Pack Goat
CC Goat – Harness Goat
CC Goat – Pygmy Goat
CC Poultry
CC Rabbit – Breeding
CC Rabbit – Exhibition
CC Rabbit – Market

2022 Junior Fair Royalty Interest Form

Interest forms are being accepted for Clermont County Junior Fair Royalty candidates.  Interest forms must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 27.   Junior Fair Royalty represent the Junior Fair and their respective industries at shows, contest and events throughout the Clermont County Fair.  All applicants must complete a formal application and attend an in-person interview on Sunday, July 17.  The crowned King and Queen will each receive a $500 scholarship courtesy of the Clermont County 4-H Endowment Fund in Memory of Kathleen Retzler.  After submitting your interest form, you will receive a link via email for the online royalty application. Please make sure the email address you provide below is a current one and spelled correctly. If you have questions, please contact us at clermontcountyroyalty@gmail.com.

2022 Clermont County Junior Fair Royalty Interest Form