Dairy Feeder Clinic: January 15th in Champaign County

Champaign County is holding a dairy feeder clinic Saturday, January 15 beginning at 11am at the Champaign County Fairgrounds Rabbit Barn.  Please share with anyone interested. This would be a great activity to add to your learning experiences in the front of your Dairy Beef Feeder Record Book and to Junior/Ohio 4-H Achievement Forms!

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

Ohio Cattlewomen Scholarships – due 12/15/2021


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 www.ohiocattlewomen.com for more information.

Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation Scholarships – due 10/31/2021

Several college scholarships are available to beef industry youth through the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation. Information below is copied from ohiocattle.org/foundation/scholarships.

These scholarships are administered through the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation in conjunction with the following organizations and individuals. Applications deadlines are noted next to the scholarship names. For questions concerning scholarships, please contact the office at cattle@ohiocattle.org or 614-873-6736.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION – Complete the Application Here


Four $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to college students who are enrolled in an agricultural program or a graduating high school senior who plans to study agriculture at a college or university. This scholarship is made possible by the sale of Ohio’s beef specialty license plates. For more information on purchasing beef plates, call the Foundation office at 614-873-6736.


Four $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to college students who are enrolled in an agricultural program or a graduating high school senior who plans to study agriculture at a college or university. This scholarship is made possible by proceeds from the beef putt-putt golf course at the Ohio State Fair.


One $1,000 scholarship is awarded at the Ohio Beef Expo thanks to Saltwell Western Store, owned by Jay and Sally Puzacke, who donate a percentage of sales generated from the official line of clothing sold through Saltwell’s trade show booth at the Ohio Beef Expo.


One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a college student who is enrolled in a two-year or four-year program or a graduating high school senior who plans to attend a college or university majoring in an agricultural or non-agricultural program. This scholarship was created in honor of Noah Cox who passed away in May 2017.


Ten $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to college students who are enrolled in an agricultural program or a graduating high school senior who plans to study agriculture at a college or university. This scholarship is made possible by the annual Cattlemen’s Gala Celebration and Fundraiser.


Two scholarship will be awarded to third or fourth-year veterinary students who have demonstrated interest in practicing large animal (food/farm) medicine. Preference shall be given to candidates whose work, research or community involvement demonstrates interest in the beef industry or are involved in the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, and plan to practice in the state of Ohio. Scholarships may be awarded in varying amounts based on student enrollment, available funding and other factors.  Current Ohio State University students enrolled in the College of Veterinarian Medicine will receive an email at the end of the Autumn semester with the scholarship application information. For more information on these scholarships contact Caroline El-Khoury at el-khoury.7@osu.edu.

DUNF: Drug Use Notification Forms – MUST be completed before WEIGH-IN (do not submit until after Oct. 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 in the specie rules of the Junior Fair Book (under Health Papers).

A direct link to the DUNF is: http://go.osu.edu/fairfielddunf. If someone submits a form with errors, please have them contact Leslie Cooksey at cooksey.25@osu.edu so we can delete that record and they will be asked to submit a new form.

Online DUNF Instructions – Fairfield

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. 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 (contact Leslie Cooksey information if a second form must be submitted).

Forms should be completed no sooner than 3 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.

  • MQP Barrows will weigh-in on Sunday, September 26th. (submit your form between the 24th and 26th)
  • MQP Lambs will weigh-in on Sunday, October 3rd. (submit your form between the 1st and 3rd)
  • All other animals being brought to the fair requiring DUNF forms will need to submit their forms after October 7th and by Saturday, October 9th.

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

Take Home Forms – Market Livestock

Take Home Forms: Market Hogs, Market Beef, Market Lambs, Market Goats, Dairy Feeders, and Market Rabbits will have the option to take home animals. Forms must be completed and 2 copies per specie turned in at that specie’s weigh-in (see form for details). There is no reversal on the decision to take home once the forms are turned in.

Please read the info below (also available at u.osu.edu/livestocksale) regarding Take Homes and the 2021 Livestock Sale:

During their regular monthly meeting on March 16, 2021, the Fairfield County Sr. Fair Board passed a motion declaring the 2021 Jr. Fair Livestock Sale will be “partial terminal.” Specifically, that motion reads:

The 2021 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 affidavit.
  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 2021.

To further clarify the details of implementing a partial-terminal livestock sale in 2021, review the answers to the FAQs linked here.

The Exhibitor Intent to Take Market Animal Home affidavit linked here is to be used to designate a youth is choosing to take home a market animal.

Beef Barn Sponsor Provides Mulch Bedding!

Thanks to Aaron Bickle for sponsoring the mulch bedding for the beef barn!

We are pleased to announce that Aaron Bickle of Bickle Insurance Services has generously agreed to be the sponsor of the Beef Barn for the 2021 Fairfield County Fair, and provide free mulch bedding for each exhibitor!

The Fairfield County Cattlemen have made arrangements for the mulch to be delivered to the Fairgrounds and the Fair Board has agreed to have the mulch bedding placed into the beef barn by mid week, prior to the Fair.

The Beef Barn Sponsor, Mr. Aaron Bickle, maintains Bickle Insurance Services offices in Athens, Belpre, New Lexington, McConnelsville, St. Clairsville and Rushville, offering commercial, personal and farm & crop insurance. If exhibitors would like to thank Mr. Bickle for his generous sponsorship of the Beef Barn and mulch bedding for the 2021 Fair, letters or cards may be addressed to:

Mr. Aaron Bickle, Bickle Insurance Services
167 S. Kennebec Ave.
McConnelsville, OH 43756

Jr Fair Beef Exhibitor Announcement from your Superintendents

Due to increased beef numbers, some things will change.

The following announcement is from your Beef Superintendents Chris Turner and Brandon Thomas regarding the 2021 Junior Beef Show

Congratulations and welcome to the 2021 Fairfield County Fair Jr. Beef Show.  In order to make this year as successful as possible we are wanting to express that the fair is continually changing to provide the best opportunities for all exhibitors and that the show reflects the best interests of the exhibitors.  The Beef Committee has met numerous times to discuss this year’s fair and protocol’s and want to make the following announcements for you to prepare for the upcoming show/fair week experience.

Preparing for entry/weigh in

  1. With the increase of entry numbers the Beef Barn will be at full capacity and will have some exhibitors housed in a tent that will run the length of the barn located on the South side of the building.
  2. There will be additional grooming areas roped off for anyone that has not already marked an area for grooming.  This will be done after all weigh ins are completed.
  3. Make sure you have all of your registration paperwork along with DUNF forms for your animals.  DUNF forms must be completed online before you bring your animal to the fairgrounds.  Also make sure that if you have registered animals that the identification methods for that animal matches the paperwork provided.
  4. We will be conducting weigh-in like last year from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.  When you are ready to weigh in your  entry you will take it across the scales.  Make sure that you announce before the weight of the animal is announced the intention of the animal.  Example of this is either Live, Carcass, or Live/Carcass.  You must also announce if you plan on taking your animal home or not.  Reminder that you will lose your sale position if you take your calf home.
  5. Once weigh-in is completed, the Beef Committee will conduct an exhibitor meeting  at 6 p.m. that will explain the fair show day procedures. This will be held outside of the Beef Barn by the wash rack facility.  If it is raining we will still meet there and move to a dry location.
  6. Bedding will be provided for all exhibitors.  We will be using mulch like previous years.
  7. Showmanship sign up was conducted online.  As soon as we get a copy of the participants we will post the details on class breaks.

During the week

  1. Tie outs will be conducted the same as previous years.  They are held along the North property line of the fairgrounds in the same location.  Cattle are allowed to go to tie outs at 5 p.m. and need to be back in the barn by 9:00 a.m.
  2. Check the bulletin boards each day throughout the week to track any changes or news throughout the week.

Show Day

  1. The show is going to start this year at 8:30 a.m.
  2. The arena is going to be expanded and will have changes.  One change is the make up area.  There will be a tent for exhibitors to stage their animals outside of the building.  Please make sure you arrive when called to the arena.  The tent will be located at the Northeast corner of the show arena.
  3. There will be only 1 parent to help the exhibitor in the make up area.  All other individuals will be removed to make the flow of events more fluid.
  4. During the show throughout the day, we will not pause the show for any missing or late exhibitors.  It is up to the exhibitor to keep track of the events happening in the show and to listen to the announcements for class calls.
  5. Per Jr Fair book, we will be selecting a Top 5 in the Market show. It is critical for all 2nd & 3rd place animals to be in the make up area & ready to enter ring for Final Drive. We will not delay show for you. Once Top 5 is chosen, the judge will place the remaining animals in the ring for sale order purposes.
  6. We plan on breaking for lunch and will complete the Market classes after lunch.

Find the 4-H/FFA Jr Beef Cattle rules in their entirety linked here.