Beef Exhibitors, we want your opinions!

Dear past, present and future, Fairfield County Junior beef exhibitors,

Share your thoughts, make the 2023 beef show the best ever!

We hope you enjoyed the Fair and are already looking forward to next year. In an effort to make the environment in the beef barn and surrounding area the best it can be we are asking for your input.

As you’re likely aware, participation in Fairfield County’s beef projects has been on the rise during the past eight years nearly doubling over that time. As with anything that experiences rapid growth, there are some growing pains. In particular, barn space and the surrounding grooming area spaces have become very tight in recent years.

We are exploring a variety of alternatives to address the many challenges that result from growing participation in the beef project area. And, we want to carefully consider your suggestions and opinions as we proceed.

In an effort to make next year’s beef projects and shows the best experience possible for our youth, their families and spectators, we hope you will take a few minutes and complete our survey. We realize the 20 questions we are asking will take a few minutes of your time, but we sincerely want your thoughts and opinions!

Please tell us what you think by clicking on this link!

Sincerely,

Desirae Logsdon & Matt Henwood
Fairfield County Junior Fair Beef Superintendents

Jr. Beef Barn . . . Last minute Updates from the Superintendents!

Dear Fairfield Co. Beef Exhibitors and Families,

Thanks to Horn Farms for sponsoring the mulch in the Beef Barn!

With this note we wanted to give you another update as we prepare to move into Fair this weekend. We hope this answers any questions that remain.

First, the mulch has arrived. Once again, we need to thank Horn Farms (4455 Lancaster-Thornville Road, Pleasantville 43148), the Kevin & Tim Horn families for sponsoring the beef barn this year and providing all the mulch. It will be placed in the barn prior to 5 p.m. on Thursday when you are welcome to begin moving tack into place.

The stalling map is not yet complete but will be prior to Thursday at 5 p.m. and will also be posted for you to see on the BAND app. We will be utilizing the BAND App again this year for show day communication as well with any other information that needs to be sent out before, during or after the show. If you do not presently have this app, go to your app store and download the Band App and then search “Fairfield County Fair Beef Barn”. If you have any problems, contact Desirae.

Check-in Saturday, October 8, will be handled the same as it was last year.

Market steers/heifers including the carcass steers/heifers will be weighed and checked in anytime between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. (yes, we know the Jr Fair Book was published with two different times). After weighing, steers/heifers entered in the ‘carcass contest’ will then be scanned.

DUNF forms for each market animal must be submitted on-line by Continue reading

A letter to 2022 beef exhibitors about this year’s Fair!

Dear Fairfield Co. Beef Exhibitors and Families,

We hope this letter finds you well as the 2022 Fairfield County Fair quickly approaches! There have been a lot of questions and concerns leading up to this fair and we hope this letter answers those questions for you.

Please read this letter in its entirety. There is a lot of important information in it including some changes for this year.

Per the Sr. Fairboard, the marking of chute spaces and tie outs may NOT BE DONE BEFORE SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1ST 2022 STARTING AT 8:00 A.M. Any spots marked prior to this will be taken down. They also ask that you refrain from using duct tape of any kind on the metal of any barns. Instead, you can use it on the wood at the bottom of the barn.

We are continuing to search for a solution to the need of more chute and grooming areas. At present for this year, see this map, highlighted in red/yellow, for all potential grooming areas the Fairboard has provided us for chutes and grooming.

  • NEW THIS YEAR FOR THE DAY OF THE SHOW, CHUTES AND TENTS CAN BE SET UP ON THE BLACK TOP IN FRONT OF THE HOG BARN NORTH OF THE SHOW ARENA. HOWEVER, THESE TENTS AND CHUTES WILL NEED TO BE TAKEN DOWN AT THE END OF THE SHOW.
  • ALSO, THE FIRST ROW OF HORSE BARNS UP NEAR TIE OUTS, AND THE AREA IMMEDIATELY IN FRONT OF THEM CAN BE USED FOR CHUTE/GROOMING SPACE AND ARE ALSO AVAILABLE TO BE MARKED BEGINNING OCTOBER 1. HOWEVER, WE SUGGEST USING JUST THE OVERHANG AND AREAS EXTENDING TOWARDS THE ROADWAY FROM THEM, AND WE DON’T ANTICIPATE YOU PUTTING ANIMALS IN THE STALLS. NOTE: THE POSTS SUPPORTING THE OVERHANG ARE NOT WEIGHT BEARING . . . PLEASE DO NOT TIE ANIMALS DIRECTLY TO THOSE POSTS.

Since the number of entries are continuing to increase each year, we will be calling you to confirm the number of entries that you will be bringing to the fair to make sure that we are using our limited barn space efficiently. We ask that you are forthright when we call to confirm entries with you. It is our plan to make sure that your cattle have enough room. HOWEVER, IF YOU’RE ASSIGNED MORE SPACE THAN YOU ACTUALLY NEED, ONCE YOU ARRIVE WITH YOUR ANIMALS AT THE FAIR, YOU WILL BE ASKED TO CONDENSE YOUR STALL SPACE. We ask that club members work together with each other when putting up fan cages. (i.e. if you have one beef animal and want to stall that one animal in a fan cage, please work with others in your club to utilize the extra space inside your cage in order that the space is used most efficiently).

Also, the tent on the south side of the beef barn will be back this year. We will be assigning space in the tent and will let the clubs/families know in advance who will be stalled there so they can plan accordingly.

The barn and tent will be open for you to come in and set up beginning Thursday, October 6th, 2022 after 5:00 p.m. Again this year, the Fairfield County Cattlemen’s Association will be providing mulch bedding free of charge to Jr. exhibitors for use in the barn and tent.

Check-in Saturday, October 8, will be handled the same as it was last year.

  • Market steers/heifers including the carcass steers/heifers will be weighed and checked in anytime between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. (yes, we know the Jr Fair Book was published with two different times). After weighing, steers/heifers entered in the ‘carcass contest’ will then be scanned.
  • DUNF forms for each market animal must be submitted on-line within 3 days of move-in on October 8, and prior to going across the scales. On-line access to the DUNF is here: go.osu.edu/fairfieldDUNF
  • During the same time frame (2 p.m.-5 p.m.) feeder calves and crossbred (non-registered) breeding heifers will be weighed.
  • All registered breeding heifers will have their tattoos checked against the registration papers that you previously uploaded after the scales close.
  • If you have a Bred Born and Raised steer/heifer, please confirm with Desirae that the market steer or heifer is correctly marked and that the breeder is correct.
  • If you plan to pull a market steer or heifer from the sale and take it home, you must declare this at the scale by submitting the proper ‘take home’ paperwork that may be picked up in the Jr. Fair Office on October 8.

There will be an exhibitor meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 8th, 2022. The place is to be determined. At this meeting the show order will be reviewed and some housekeeping items will be addressed.

Also, at this meeting, the Sr. Fairboard will be randomly selecting market beef animals to be DNA tested. At the conclusion of the meeting DNA will be collected on those animals selected. At the conclusion of their respective shows, the top 5 market beef animals AND top 5 feeder calves will also be DNA tested with samples being collected prior to leaving the ring.

We will be utilizing the Band App again this year for show day communication and as well with any other information that needs to be sent out before, during or after the show. If you do not presently have this app, go to your app store and download the Band App and then search “Fairfield County Fair Beef Barn”. If you have any problems, contact Desirae.

Also this year we will be developing and using a Facebook Page. More on that later.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Desirae at 740.503.9773 or Matt at 740.415.8837.

Sincerely,

Fairfield County Jr Fair Beef Superintends
Matt Hendwood & Desirae Logsdon

Market & MQP lamb tagging and weigh-in is July 16, 2022; Schedule your time!

Schedule a time today for having your market lamb tagged for the Fair.

After experiencing a largely successful “scheduled” tag-in for the market and MQP lambs in 2021, that process will be implemented again in 2022.

Youth who plan to tag-in market lambs for the ‘live’ show at the Fair in October, and/or weigh in lambs for the Muscle Quality & Performance (MQP) contest are asked to complete a brief survey on or before July 2 in preparation for this year’s July 16 tagging day. The on-line survey will ask each family with any 4-H or FFA members planning to exhibit market or MQP lambs in 2022 for the following information:

  • Family Name
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Number of lambs being tagged by the entire family
  • Scrapie tag number for each lamb
  • Ewe or Wether
  • List each immediate family member (youth), including their club or chapter, who might show the lambs being tagged
  • Where will the lambs be housed
  • Select a time for tagging/weighing between 8 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. on July 16, 2022

Note that for 2022 there is a tagging rule update. As defined by Continue reading

Goat, Barrow and Lamb MQP Information/Deadlines Announced

MQP participants explore producing meat animals that satisfy consumer demands!

Entries for the 2022 Fairfield County Junior Fair Goat, Barrow and Lamb MQP programs are now being accepted. To be considered for a spot in either the 2022 Barrow MQP or Lamb MQP, a completed application and essay (not to exceed 300 words) must be submitted on-line by the end of business on May 2, 2022. Goat MQP participants must complete registration on-line by the end of business on May 2, 2022, but are not required to submit an essay this year in order to participate.

Note that MQP goats must be in the exhibitor’s possession by June 1, 2022 and will be weighed/tagged-in at the Fairgrounds between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. on June 4, 2022. The finished MQP goats must then be returned to the Fairgrounds for the conclusion on Sunday, August 28 at 3 p.m.

The same as pigs being tagged for the live show at the Fair, MQP barrows must be in the exhibitor’s possession by July 15th, and tagged at the Fairgrounds on July 16, 2022 at a time that morning yet to be announced. The finished MQP barrows must then be Continue reading

Market Goat MQP Exhibitor Meeting Set for March 23

Learn more about the new Goat MQP contest on March 23rd

Local market goat exhibitors now have a new opportunity where they can expand their knowledge of the meat goat industry by participating in a meat quality and performance project similar to what other large animal market projects have enjoyed in Fairfield County.

The Goat Muscle Quality and Performance (MQP) contest will evaluate entries based on a combination of goat growth, performance, and carcass characteristics in order to identify a contest winner. Very similar to the way the Lamb MQP contest is conducted, Goat MQP will begin with exhibitors weighing in their young goats at the Fairgrounds in early June. These goats will then return home with the exhibitor, be fed to an appropriate finish weight, and then return to the Fairgrounds for final weigh-in and transport to a local packing house for harvest in late August. Once harvested, the goats will be evaluated and ranked based on a combination of factors including carcass weight, fat thickness, ribeye area and performance. Performance will account for 30% of the total contest score with the goat carcass score accounting for the remaining 70% of the score.

To learn more about this new contest, interested exhibitors, their families and advisors are invited to a meeting in the Continue reading

Fairfield County Market Beef Tagging, Weighing, and DNA Sample Collection Procedure for 2022

Again this year families will tag their market beef calves at home prior to weighing them in at Fairfield Cattle Company on March 12.

NOTE: During the Sr. Fair Board meeting on Tuesday, February 15, 2022, the process for having specific calves assigned to specific youth within the immediate family was changed. Families no longer need to designate at this time which immediate family member will be exhibiting which calf. More detail and explanation of this new rule can be found in the first NOTE under number 5) below.

The time for Fairfield County’s market beef tagging and weigh-in is upon us. Based on the success of the tagging and weigh-in process that was utilized last year, this year will be conducted in a similar fashion with only a few modifications.

Youth will be required to tag their own market beef animals with a visual tag and must submit a hair follicle DNA sample prior to, or at weigh-in which will begin at 8:30 a.m. on March 12, 2022. Due to a Nationwide shortage of 840 RFID tags, EID tags will not be required this year.

In advance of March 12, families with market beef projects will also be required to reserve weigh-in time, and only those directly involved in transporting and weighing-in calves should plan to attend . . . please, no spectators! The goal is to reduce congregation at weigh-in and minimize the transfer of paperwork. Specifically, the step-by-step process includes . . .

1) The deadline for ownership and possession of a market beef project in Fairfield County remains March 1.

2) Youth/families planning to weigh/tag-in market steers and market heifers for the 2022 Fair must Continue reading

Goat Muscle Quality and Performance Contest is Created for Local Goat Exhibitors

Participant in the new Goat MQP contest will begin by weighing and tagging their goats in late May!

Livestock producers know that raising an animal that possesses carcass and meat quality traits that are important to the consumer is vital to a successful livestock enterprise. Those same producers also realize performance is an important component of profitability with their livestock. Resulting from the effort and encouragement of the Fairfield County Goat Committee, now, beginning in 2022, local junior market goat exhibitors will have the opportunity to participate in a real-world market goat production contest that rewards participants for excelling at producing both those added market value traits.

The Goat Muscle Quality and Performance (MQP) contest will evaluate entries based on a combination of growth, performance, and carcass characteristics to identify a contest winner. Very similar to the way the Lamb MQP contest is conducted, Goat MQP will begin with exhibitors weighing in their young goats at the Fairgrounds. These goats will return home with the exhibitor, be fed to an appropriate finish weight, and then returned to the Fairgrounds for final weigh-in and transport to a local packing house for harvest. Once harvested, the goats will be Continue reading

Meat Animal Muscle, Quality & Performance projects; We want your opinion

The goal of any livestock project is to teach youth about the product they are raising to enter the food chain.

We want your opinion! Are there things we can do that might enhance the learning experience of our muscle quality and performance projects  – aka: MQP or carcass shows?

Linked here is a brief survey we are asking anyone involved in Fairfield County’s youth beef, swine, lamb or goats projects to complete as we explore ways that might make the carcass contests easier for youth to complete, and also more meaningful. At the same time, the Goat Show Committee is exploring the addition of a Goat Muscle Quality and Performance contest and there are a few questions included to assess the interest in that.

When a 4-H or FFA youth decides to raise and show a market project at the Fairfield County Fair, he or she knows they are raising a project destined to enter the world’s most nutritious and safe food supply. The goal of any livestock project is to teach youth about the Continue reading

Beef Barn Stalling Layout for the Fair

Junior Beef Superintendents Chris Turner and Brandon Thomas have made the stall assignments for the 2021 Jr. Fair beef barn. Find them attached here in PDF format and below.

The mulch that is being provided was placed in the barn and also under the adjoining tent on Tuesday, the 5th. A modest amount of mulch remains available outside the west door of the beef barn. As you prepare your beef cattle stall spaces, if you find you need additional mulch, while it lasts you are welcome to wheel barrow mulch from that pile into your stall spaces. If any mulch remains on Friday evening it will be moved to another location where it can be accessed throughout the fair.