New rule for the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association’s BEST program, BVD testing required


October 15, 2022                        


Hanna Fosbrink, manager of communications

New rule for the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association’s BEST program, BVD testing required

(MARYSVILLE, Ohio) – A new rule regarding Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD) persistent infection (PI) status will be applied to the 2022-23 Ohio Cattlemen’s Association’s (OCA) Beef Exhibitor Show Total (BEST) program. All cattle (BEST and non-BEST) (in-state and out-of-state) must have a negative BVD test to exhibit at any OCA BEST sanctioned show.

BVD is a respiratory and reproductive virus that wreaks havoc on cattle’s immune systems and their ability to bore calves. It can be passed on to calves at birth and has variable symptoms. The key to ensuring the health of a herd is to spot the signs of BVD early and cut off contact between healthy and infected livestock.

Like declaring a breed at the first sanctioned show, proof of a negative BVD PI test MUST be provided at the next BEST sanctioned show immediately following the first BEST show the animal attended, whether or not you plan to exhibit cattle at the show. Failure to do so will result in the animal being dropped from the BEST point standings and the program. Additionally, any showmanship points garnered with the animal will be forfeited.

A BVD PI test is a one-time test good for the life of the animal. Schedule the BVD PI test with enough lead time to receive the test results prior to a BEST show. A lead time of at least two weeks is recommended prior to the first show. If purchasing show animals, ask your seller if the animal has had a BVD PI test.

Acceptable tests include and are limited to: Immunohistochemistry (IHC) on skin, Antigen-capture ELISA (ACE) on serum (blood test) or skin, Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) on whole blood, serum or skin. Animals must be individually tested and individually identified. Pooled testing is acceptable only if documentation is provided that the animal was specifically included in the pool and that the pool contained no more than seven animals.

The OCA BEST Committee will be working with local jackpot shows and county cattlemen’s associations to offer BVD testing ahead of the BEST show season to reduce the cost of the test for exhibitors and to streamline BEST check-in procedures. More information on these tests is available at or by calling the OCA office at 614-873-6736. If unable to attend one of the pre-season testing opportunities, your local veterinarian may perform one of the approved BVD tests.

For more information on testing, refer to the complete BVD rule included within the OCA BEST rules for 2022-2023 and available on the OCA website


BEST is a youth program of the OCA that recognizes Ohio’s junior beef exhibitors through a series of sanctioned shows. Juniors who participate in these sanctioned shows earn points for their placing at each show. The OCA BEST program promotes educating Ohio’s juniors about beef industry issues, providing career development opportunities, and rewarding the successful accomplishments and hard work of those junior beef producers.

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!


Desirae Logsdon & Matt Henwood
Fairfield County Junior Fair Beef Superintendents

Ohio CattleWomen Scholarships – Application deadline 12/15/2022

Up to five $1,000 scholarships will be awarded annually to outstanding students entering their college junior or senior year. Priority will be given to applicants attending a school in Ohio. Applicants’ majors may vary, however, preference will be given to a major in agriculture, specifically relating to beef. Applicants must be maintaining a 2.75 GPA or higher. Visit for more information.

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

Market Livestock: Take Home Forms DUE at Weigh-In

Take Home Forms MUST be completed and turned in before the animal leaves the scale at your respective weigh-in. No EXCEPTIONS.

Take Home Forms: Market Hogs, Market Beef, Market Lambs, Market Goats, Dairy Feeders, and Market Rabbits will have the option to take home animals. NEW NCR (carbon copy) forms will be available from your Superintendent on weigh-in day. Forms must be completed and submitted before the animal crosses the scale. There is no reversal on the decision to take home once the forms are turned in.

Please read the info below (also available at regarding Take Homes and the 2022 Livestock Sale:

The 2022 Fairfield County Fair Junior Fair will have a partial terminal sale/show for all species. The only exception to this is the 8 champions that must be slaughtered and inspected at a designated packer according to ODA (grand/reserve market beef, grand/reserve market hog, grand/reserve market lamb, grand/reserve market goat). Take homes will be allowed for all species with the exception of those 8 declared grand/reserve champions. Take homes must be declared before the animal leaves the scale during check-in (no exceptions). Take home animals will lose their sale slot and will not be eligible for a premium and packer bid. Exhibitors who do not take home must qualify for their sale slot (as individual or group) at the discretion of the species show committee.

As a result, points for exhibitors of market animals to consider include:

  1. Since there is no packer bid available, all market turkeys, market chickens and market ducks will go back home at the conclusion of the Fair as in past years. No Exhibitor Intent to Take Market Animal Home affidavit is required for those poultry animals. Buyers of the Grand and Reserve Champion turkeys, chickens and ducks have the privilege of ‘keeping’ their purchases. Similar to 2016 and prior, beyond the champions 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.
  2. Exhibitors of all other market animals that have an opportunity to earn a sale slot must declare before they leave the scales during weigh-in at the beginning of the Fair if they will choose to take home a market animal by submitting the Exhibitor Intent to Take Market Animal Home Form (available at weigh-in).
  3. Per Ohio Department of Agriculture rules, the ‘live’ Champion and Reserve Champion market beef, market hogs, market lambs and market goats must go to slaughter and may not go home with the exhibitor regardless their choice during weigh-in prior to fair.
  4. Unless named Grand Champion or Reserve Grand Champion market beef, market hog, market lamb, market goat, market duck, market turkey, market chicken or dairy feeder calf during their respective Junior market show, animals designated by their exhibitor to go home after the fair will forfeit the opportunity to accept buyer add-on dollars or earn a livestock sale slot with that animal.
  5. Animals not designated by the exhibitor during weigh-in to go home will compete for an individual or group livestock sale slot as they have in the past.
  6. Buyers will once again have the opportunity to ‘keep’ animals they purchase in 2022.

To further clarify the details of implementing a partial-terminal livestock sale in 2022, review the answers to the FAQs linked here.

DUNF: Drug Use Notification Forms – MUST be completed before NOON on Friday, October 7th

DUNF Forms – These will be completed online this year. I would suggest that exhibitors should not fill them out until as close to weigh-in/move-in day as possible to ensure the information is correct and their market/lactating animal is drug free moving into fair. The link to the online DUNF Form is: If someone submits a form with errors, please have them contact Stacy Hicks at we can delete that record and they will be asked to submit a new form.

Market Poultry exhibitors will not have identification until fair weigh-in for their birds. Please put TBD in the identification field and we will update your form after weigh-in.

As a reminder:

Valid and current Drug Use Notification Forms (DUNF) must be submitted on-line immediately prior to the Fairfield County Fair  for each market or lactating animal that is exhibited by a youth participating in Junior Fair. Animals requiring a DUNF indicating the animal is free from any/all drugs in it’s system on fair weigh-in/move-in day are:

  • Market Beef (Steer or Heifer)
  • Dairy Beef Feeder
  • Dairy Cow (Lactating)
  • MQP Barrow
  • Market Barrow
  • Market Gilt
  • Market Goat
  • Dairy Goat (Lactating)
  • Market Chicken
  • Market Turkey
  • Market Duck
  • MQP Lamb
  • Market Lamb

A separate form must be completed for each animal being brought to the Fair (market chickens should complete 1 form for their pen of chickens). If the information on the form regarding drug use changes or if a drug is subsequently administered at any time after the drug use notification form is filed, an updated drug use notification form shall immediately be filed with the records official.

Forms should be completed no sooner than 5 days prior to animal weigh-in to be sure that their animal is drug free during fair. Forms submitted prior to that timeframe will be deleted and exhibitors will be asked to resubmit the DUNF form closer to their animal’s weigh-in.

To submit your form for each animal, begin by going to this link.

Sign up now for the Livestock Judging Contest!

Livestock Judging Contest: Sunday, October 9, 2022,  9 a.m., East side of the Swine Barn
Contest to follow beginning at 9:30 a.m., at the Swine Barn

Superintendent: James Maynard
Assistant Superintendent: Hayley Maynard

Please sign up for the contest using this link


The contest will be conducted in two divisions: Senior (ages 14-18), Junior (ages 8-13).

  1. All ages are as of January 1st of the current year.
  2. Rules and conditions apply to both divisions.
  3. When available, one class from each of the following will be used: Market Hogs, Breeding Gilts, Market Lambs, Breeding Ewes, Market Goats, Breeding Goats, and Market Beef Steers and Breeding Beef Heifers.
  4. Livestock entered in the Junior Fair and/or Open classes and housed at the fair are subject to be used for the Livestock Judging Contest.
  5. Committee members have the right to bring in outside livestock to fill classes, if not enough animals are made available from FFA and 4-H members on Sunday of the fair. Animals brought to the fairgrounds must be checked by a veterinarian before setting foot on the fairgrounds.
  6. For each species, there will be at least one placing class and one questions class.
  7. The scores will be computed by the committee in charge and displayed.
  8. For Junior Fair Premier Exhibitor purposes, all participants will be grouped into one group per species (regardless of age) and ranked.
  9. Tiebreakers for Livestock Judging Contest Awards shall be (in order):
    a) The highest total score for all questions and answers.
    b) Most consistency of class scores – narrowest spread from high to low score.
    c) Highest score on one set of oral reasons given on a class of the participant’s choice, given to Contest Superintendent(s).

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.


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:
  • 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.


Fairfield County Jr Fair Beef Superintends
Matt Hendwood & Desirae Logsdon