Summer Judging State Fair Packets Now Available!

Summer judging state fair packets are now available for pickup at the Extension Office.  We are open Monday – Friday, 7:30 am to 4 pm.

Missy is notifying youth their packets are ready. We will have some additional youth attending as there are some projects split at the state level into Junior and Senior that we missed for our county level judging.

As a reminder, this year youth will complete their interview and can leave after their interview.  There are no results awarded at the end of the day, results will be released later and awards sent to each county.

2021 Jr. Fair Sale Exhibitor Information

UPDATE: The Sr. Fair Board has decided the 2021 Jr. Fair Sale will be “partial terminal.” Details of that decision are linked here.

Live animals will also return to the sale ring in 2021.

Thursday, October 14, 2021 – 5:00 p.m. – Feeder Creek Vet Show Arena
Sale Order: Market Beef, Dairy Products & Feeders, and Market Hogs

Friday, October 15, 2021 – 10:00 a.m. – Feeder Creek Vet Show Arena
Sale Order: Market Lambs, Poultry, Rabbits, Dairy Goat Products, and Market Goats

  1. All market animals except poultry will be packer bid and sold based on the Saturday/Sunday weigh-in weight except for MQP animals.
  2. The following minimum weights will be used to be eligible to sell individually: Market Steer/Heifer – 1100 pounds; Carcass Steers/Heifers – 1100 pounds; Market Hogs – 225 pounds; MQP Hogs – 225 pounds; Market Lambs – 100 pounds; MQP Lambs – 100 pounds; Market Goats – 50 pounds; Market Rabbits – 7.00 to 10.50 pounds total pen weight; Pen of Three Market Chickens – 12 pounds pen weight; Market Duck – 5 pounds.
  3. NOTE: in 2021 the Fairfield County Jr. Fair Sale will be partial terminal as indicated above.
    • With the exception of poultry which will go home as in the past, if you make the decision to take home your market animal in 2021, a ‘take home’ affidavit will be available soon that must be completed. Take Home affidavits are due at weigh-in at the Fair, no exceptions.
  4. The sales commissions that will be deducted from the Junior Fair Exhibitor’s checks are still being determined.
  5. 4-H and FFA Advisors can pick up their club/chapter buyer lists from the OSU Extension Office no earlier than Tuesday, October 19th, 2021.
  6. Exhibitors must submit a stamped thank you note to their advisor prior to November 1st. Advisors will be required to turn in their Buyer Checklist with verification of thank you notes sent in order to receive an exhibitor’s check.
  7. Checks will be available the first Saturday in December for the head Advisors of 4-H and FFA to pick-up. These advisors will be responsible for the distribution of checks in their club/chapter. If a check is not cashed within the specified 90 day period from the check date, there will be a Stop Payment Fee deduction imposed and a replacement check issued to the exhibitor. If checks are not picked up the first Saturday in December, they will be deposited back into the Sale Committee Fund.

Additional information:

  • Again this year every market turkey, duck or chicken will go through the sale either individually or in a group. Regardless there will not be a packer bid for poultry that exhibitors are required to accept. Similar to 2016 and prior, it will be the responsibility of the exhibitor to decide whether to process their birds and give them to their sale buyer or market them privately.

Sale Information . . . planning a return to ‘normal’ in 2021!

Make plans now to show your support for our young livestock producers by attending the 2021 Fairfield County Junior Fair Livestock Sales. Exhibitors, note the sale will be ‘partial terminal‘ in 2021.

Thursday, October 14, 2021 – 5:00 p.m. – Feeder Creek Vet Show Arena, Fairfield County Fairgrounds, Lancaster, Ohio
Sale Order: Market Beef, Dairy Products & Feeders, and Market Hogs

Friday, October 15, 2021 – 10:00 a.m. – Feeder Creek Vet Show Arena, Fairfield County Fairgrounds, Lancaster, Ohio
Sale Order: Market Lambs, Poultry, Rabbits, Dairy Goat Products, and Market Goats

When you purchase an animal at the Junior Fair Livestock Sale, you are buying livestock raised by Fairfield County 4-H and FFA youth. Your purchase helps support the important educational programs of these two youth organizations. The success of the auction is up to you. You can help these FFA and 4-H members by participating at the 2021 Fairfield County Fair Junior Livestock Auction!

Summer Judging Sign Ups now available!

The summer judging sign up link has been sent to all youth enrolled in projects that can be judged in July through 4-H Online.  The email will say from 4-H Online, so please be on the lookout – some email systems don’t like 4-H Online.  Youth and their families should have received an email (or multiple emails if they are judged on multiple days) with the link. 

Please contact Missy at 740-277-4631 if you have questions about summer judging sign ups!

Summer Judging Scheduling – to be released Monday, June 21st

Thank you for your patience as we work through the summer judging scheduling process.  The link to the judging sign-up will be released on Monday through 4-H online.  Those youth that we are hoping to see at summer judging will receive an email with the judging sign-up link.  Please view the Summer Judging Schedule to verify what day your project is judged prior to receiving the email.

2021 Barrow and Lamb MQP Information/Deadlines Announced

Barrows will be harvested and processed at Bay Packing in Fairfield County. In order to accommodate such a large harvest and process the pork in a timely fashion, participants or those who have purchased the freezer pork from the participants, must agree to pick up their fresh/frozen pork prior to the Fair at a time to be announced. Cured product, such as bacon or ham, will be available for pick-up at a time yet to be determined after the fair.

Lambs will also be harvested at Bay Packing. Likewise with the freezer pork, in order to be able to accommodate such a large harvest and process the lamb in a timely fashion, participants or those who have purchased the freezer lamb from the participants must agree to pick up their fresh/frozen lamb prior to the Fair at a time yet to be announced.

The application process being required is intended to allow the Barrow and Lamb MQP Show Committees the opportunity to clearly communicate in a timely fashion to participants where they rank on the participant list. The subjective and age appropriate evaluation of the essays by several ‘judges’ will serve as the basis for that ranking that will be completed and announced by May 15 or as soon as possible.

Both Fairfield County’s Barrow and Lamb MQP programs will operate under the following guidelines:

  1. Applications for the 2021 Barrow and/or Lamb MQP programs must be postmarked or received in the OSU Extension office (831 College Avenue, Suite D, Lancaster) by the end of business on May 1, 2021. Applications are  available on the OSUE website under livestock forms. Paper forms will be sent upon request.
  1. With the application, on a separate paper, an essay, not to exceed 300 words, must be included for each contest that is entered. The title of the essay is to be, “Why I want to participate in a livestock project that’s focused on producing high quality pork/lamb that meets the consumer’s demand.”
  1. The essays will be scored and ranked by an independent panel of judges. Only the author’s age, not their name, will be revealed to the judges. Applicants will receive notice by May 15th or as soon as possible of their ranking on the participants list.
  1. If a participant must withdraw from the program, he/she must agree to notify the OSU Extension office immediately in order that participants that ranked below them may be moved up on the list.
  2. MQP barrows must be in the exhibitor’s possession by July 15th, and tagged by the club/chapter advisor between July 19th and 30th. The live MQP barrows must be delivered to the Fairgrounds for the conclusion on Sunday, September 26th, between 1 and 2 p.m.
  1. MQP lambs must be brought to the Fairgrounds for tagging and weighing on July 10th, and the live MQP lambs must be delivered to the Fairgrounds for the conclusion on Sunday, October 3rd, between 12:30 and 1 p.m.
  1. Freezer pork and freezer lamb cutting/processing sheets must be submitted when the animals are delivered to the Fairgrounds. These sheets will made available to exhibitors in September.
  1. Immediately following delivery on their respective dates and following the live evaluations, the Show Committees will transport the animals to Bay Packing for harvest on the following morning.Carcass data for both contests will be collected at Bay’s and the scoring of the contests will be conducted under the direction of OSU Swine Specialist Dr. Steve Moeller or his designee.
  1. The fresh frozen freezer pork and lamb must be picked up at a time to be determined prior to the Fair. Smoked/ cured pork product will be available after the Fair.
  2. A concluding educational program where the placings will be announced will be scheduled at a time and place yet to be determined prior to the Fair.

We are privileged to have a local packing house such as Bay Packing who is willing and able to help facilitate the Fairfield County Barrow and Lamb MQP programs by harvesting and processing at least 30 barrows and 25 lambs. We also appreciate the effort of faculty and students in the OSU Animal Science Department who are willing to help score and facilitate this unique program.

Applications can be found on the Fairfield County website under Livestock Information and Resources:

https://go.osu.edu/FClivestockresources

4-H Polar Mystery SPIN Club for Grades 6-8

Fairfield County Youth – sign up and participate with other youth from around the state in the newest SPIN (Special Interest Club) Club offered virtually!  See below for additional information.

4-H Polar Mystery SPIN Club for grades 6-8
A polar scientist has gone missing and no one can find her. Using data and maps, you will pinpoint her location and help to discover who took her in this virtual 4-H Special Interest Club to be held on Zoom Mondays Jan. 25 to March 15 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Register online here. Offered jointly by Ohio 4-H, the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center and collaborators at Rutgers University. Read more.

2021 International Travel Update

Due to the ongoing Covid pandemic, our 2021 in-person International Exchange Programs (both hosting and traveling) have been cancelled. We understand the disappointment this will cause for those who were hoping to participate. We look forward to many Ohio youth and families traveling and hosting with us safely in 2022!

If you are interested in learning more about the opportunities that are usually offered, please visit https://ohio4h.org/statewide-programs/international-program

 

Do you like writing? How about an International Pen Pal?

Since International Travel and hosting is cancelled for 2021, they’ve found other opportunities for 4-H youth and their families!

For 2021, we will instead offer several “virtual” international activities:

  •  Winter International Pen-Pal Program (January-April; info posted below) 
  •  Summer International Pen-Pal Program (May-August; identical to winter program; info will be posted in March)
  • Virtual Hosting Family Program (June-August; info posted in March)

Pen Pal spots are limited – ACT NOW if interested! If you would like to be a pen pal, please follow the link below for the instructions.

S4H Flier – Winter 2021 Pen Pal Program (Jan.-April)

Ohio Youth Livestock Skillathons – Rabbit Results

Congrats to the Fairfield County youth who participated in the Ohio Youth Skillathon for Rabbits!

  • Molly Barber, 4th Place Age 13
  • Sebastain Coulter, 5th Place Age 13
  • Aubrey Duke-Ward, 9th Place Age 12
  • Katelyn Lykins, 3rd Place Age 14, 6th Place Intermediate Overall, 17th Place Overall
  • Anna Wolfe, 6th Place Age 12
  • Tommy Wolfe, 10th Place Age 15

Additional youth participating:

  • Rhoslyn Rose
  • Mollie Smithberger

For more information and all results, visit: https://ohio4h.org/animalsciences/ohio-youth-skillathons/rabbit-skillathon