Attention Livestock Exhibitors: Quality Assurance Updates

Quality Assurance is an annual requirement of the Ohio Department of Agriculture for youth taking livestock projects to county and state fair. In Fairfield County, Quality Assurance Training is required for all members who will be exhibiting a livestock project at the Fairfield County Fair or Junior Exhibitor at the Ohio State Fair. Beef (Breeding & Market); Dairy Breeding & Dairy Feeders; Goats (Dairy, Meat, Market & Pygmy); Poultry (Breeding & Market); Sheep (Breeding & Market); Swine; Rabbits (Breeding & Market), and Alpacas/Llamas.

Deadlines for 2021:

  • Youth planning to exhibit at the Ohio State Fair must have their Quality Assurance completed by June 1st, 2021.
  • Youth planning to exhibit at the Fairfield County Fair must have their Quality Assurance completed by August 15th, 2021.

At this time, Quality Assurance CANNOT be taught by club/chapter advisors to Fairfield County 4-H/FFA youth virtually (i.e. Zoom, Google Hangouts, Google Classrooms, Facebook Live, etc.).

Here are the acceptable options to complete Quality Assurance in 2021:

  • In-Person 4-H Club/FFA Chapter Clinic taught by a 4-H/FFA Advisor who has completed the Quality Assurance Assistant Instructor Training this year (which took place on April 7th and April 26th). Advisors who attended this training will notify their members of their club/chapter QA Clinic date and will be responsible for getting all QA paperwork submitted to the Extension Office by the appropriate deadlines.
  • In-Person Countywide Make-Up Clinics: To be held on Saturday, May 8th at 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and Sunday, May 23rd at 2:00 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. at the Ed Sands Building at the Fairgrounds. Attendance is limited and an RSVP is required. Please register online at this link for either countywide in-person QA Clinic: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0P19iWcND165rpQ
  • In-Person Beef Quality Assurance: Members who complete an in-person BQA taught by a certified BQA instructor must submit documentation to Leslie Cooksey at cooksey.25@osu.edu.
  • In-Person Pork Quality Assurance: Members who complete an in-person PQA taught by a certified PQA advisor must submit documentation to Leslie Cooksey at cooksey.25@osu.eduYouth MUST be age 14 or older (current age) to complete in-person PQA. Youth will receive a PQA certification number from the National Pork Board upon completion.
  • Online: Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA). This is the ONLY approved ONLINE Quality Assurance Program for youth in Ohio. For 2021, this web-based course has been approved by ODA for 8-18 year olds.
    • Go to: https://yqca.learngrow.io/Account/Login
      • Fairfield County 4-H Members should select “sign in with 4-HOnline”. It will prompt you to select a state and then enter your 4-HOnline account information. After successfully logging in, you will be given a list of active family members. Select the family member and start the account creation process.
      • Fairfield County FFA Members (who are not in 4-H) should select FFA & Independent Sign-In.
    • You will need to select the web-based training ($12.00 per member, annually).
    • For a complete list of directions visit: Getting Your YQCA Online Certification
    • When you are finished, please send name(s) and certificate number(s) to Leslie Cooksey at cooksey.25@osu.edu.

Countywide (make-up) Youth Quality Assurance Trainings: May 8th and May 23rd (RSVP required)

The FIRST of two make-up countywide Quality Assurance Clinics will be held Saturday, May 8th at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds (Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building) from 9:30-11:00 a.m. Advanced registration is required and attendance will be limited to 40 youth. RSVP by completing the survey at this link. Please arrive on time so we can get the training started promptly at 9:30 a.m.

Quality Assurance Training is required for all members who will be exhibiting a livestock project at the Fairfield County Fair or Junior Exhibitor at the Ohio State Fair. This includes the following projects: Beef (Breeding & Market); Dairy Breeding & Dairy Feeders; Goats (Dairy, Meat, Market & Pygmy); Poultry (Breeding & Market); Sheep (Breeding & Market); Swine; Rabbits (Breeding & Market), and Alpacas/Llamas.
Members are required to attend one Quality Assurance Clinic taught by a certified instructor. Members should sign in at the beginning of the clinic and complete a questionnaire at the end of the clinic. Please return the questionnaire to an adult instructor at the clinic.

The SECOND QA Clinic will be Sunday, May 23rd from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m., in the Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building. Advanced registration is required and attendance will be limited to 40 youth. RSVP by completing the survey at this link.

Virtual Show Clinic: Advanced Nutrition 5/6/2021 (rsvp required)

Road to the Winners Circle – Part 2, Advanced Nutrition (a virtual event): Thursday, May 6 @6:00 PM CST

 ***BONUS*** anyone who emails me back with picture(s) of their projects this year will be featured during the event 😊

See details below on what is going on with this exciting event.

Event Details

  • This will be an expansion on the first show seminar we did in March.
    • Topics Covered Include:
      • Crunch Time
        • Timeline of what to do with these final weeks before the show to really be successful
      • Advanced Nutrition
        • Deeper dive into supplementation
      • Daily Care – Final Countdown
      • Showmanship

To join part 2, follow the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rural-king-and-nutrena-virtual-show-edge-clinic-part-2-tickets-150763607007

Be sure to reach out with any questions and we look forward to “seeing” you next week!

 

Tayler Etzel

Retail Account Representative – Cargill Animal Nutrition, Cargill

Contact direct (319) 540-3079 or email Tayler_Etzel@cargill.com

Support Fairfield County 4-H: Pampered Chef Fundraiser

Support the Fairfield County 4-H program by shopping with Pampered Chef! Visit the fundraiser here: https://www.pamperedchef.com/party/fairfieldcounty4h21

Gather your friends & family to support Fairfield County and our youth! Shop the new spring tools that launched March 1st and our seasoned kitchen tools to make cooking easier all while supporting a great cause!

Shop early to guarantee your items are in stock! If you don’t see something in stock-check back!

Order anytime between now & May 8th!

FREE item with your order of $80 & FREE shipping on ALL orders over $150!!! Items shipped directly to your home!

Thank you for supporting Fairfield County and our 4-H youth!

Save the Date: Fairfield County 4-H Achievement Awards Ceremony

Ohio 4-H Achievement Form and Junior Achievement Form Families: Please save the evening of Thursday, April 8th for our Drive-Thru Achievement Awards Ceremony. 

This will be a scheduled event, with the scheduling information to come out soon.  We are hoping families can join us in a drive-thru at the Fairgrounds and celebrate!  There will be a quick photo opportunity for youth and their families as well as awards presented.

Youth Opportunity: Let’s Get Crafty SPIN Club!

This virtual 4-H SPecialINerest(SPIN) Club is for youth Grades 3-12, who want to learn and create a variety of art projects. During this 6 week SPIN club, participants will receive information and then actively create projects during the 1 hour meeting time. An Art Gallery will spotlight the club participants’ projects on April 29.

Nutrena® and Rural King invite you to chat about Show animals and Show Edge® Feed options!

Do you want to be in the Winners Circle this summer??? Nutrena® and Rural King stores cordially invite you to an evening chatting  about Show animals and Show Edge® Feed options!

Event Date :  Tuesday March 23rd  6:00-7:30 PM CST

Event Registration Link : https://www.eventbrite.com/e/show-edge-show-clinic-with-rural-king-registration-141742147579

Or simply click on the QR code in the invitation below!

Free seminar – goodies mailed to each participant who attends! See registration link below through EVENTBRITE Please share!

Please feel free to email karen_barie_johnson@cargill.com with any questions.

Participate in the 2021 Virtual Buckeye Leadership Workshop Evening Programs!

Buckeye Leadership Workshop (BLW) will host virtual Evening Programs during the original workshop dates of March 17 through March 20, 2021.  Make plans now to join us and participate as we rekindle the BLW spirit of creativity and community.  We hope that you will see familiar faces, participate in some familiar activities, try something new, and share some familiar songs.

Please join us for the BLW 2021 Virtual Evening Programs as described below.  You can register by scanning the QR code from each evening program description or simply clicking on the Zoom link below each evening program description.  As soon as you register you’ll receive an email (from Amber Grundy) with the Zoom link to join in the evening.  Feel free to reach out to us with questions or if you experience technical problems!

Wear your green and join us on March 17th for a BLW style Happy hour!

 

 

 

Wednesday Night Happy Hour

When: Mar 17, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYrcuiurTsrEtLUlTOVkAUmwqLDg0Cs4OZa

Thursday Night Escape Room

When: Mar 18, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0qcu-oqz8oE90Po8oCtxveZzBiYTg-bBnj

Friday Trivia Night

When: Mar 19, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwkdeuqrzMjGdXqwGXzS2MasCh9rpmQfMyO

Saturday Sing A Long (this one might get switched to a Facebook Live format rather than Zoom)

When: Mar 20, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUocO6sqDsiH9dEAdClziBxTDCeI19gTG8Ft

 

David Kalkbrenner, Registrar
Buckeye Leadership Workshop
www.buckeyeleadership.com

Youth Volunteers WANTED! Showcase your 4-H Projects at the Virtual 4-H Project Open House Events!

This year we will not be having youth display projects at 4-H Day due to COVID-19, limiting the number of people at our event, and because it will be a drive thru event for new 4-H families that need to be placed with a club. At 4-H Day, families will receive information about Virtual 4-H Project Open House events where they can learn more about the many projects 4-H has too offer.

This is where you come in! We are in need of youth who are willing to pull their 4-H book out, a project display, and perhaps awards to share on Zoom. All project areas are welcome! We will put related projects in these same breakout rooms.

  • March 8th: Youth volunteers will need to be available from 7:15-8:30 p.m. We will do a brief orientation at 7:15 and welcome guests at 7:30.
  • March 10th: Youth volunteers will need to be available from 5:15-6:30 p.m. We will do a brief orientation at 5:15 and welcome guests at 5:30.

Each breakout room will have 2-3 4-H members with related projects – come prepared to share and tell! If you have more than one project in a similar project area, you can prepare to share more than one.

What do we need from you? If you would like to help out on either day or both days, please let Leslie Cooksey know by email (cooksey.25@osu.edu) by Friday, March 5th. Please share 4-H member name, club, and the project(s) you would like to share. 

Parents and Advisors are also able to help us with our Virtual 4-H Project Open House events. If interested, please reach out to Leslie to see how you can help!

We are looking forward to telling the great stories of 4-H projects that you all have experienced with our new prospective families!

Here’s our flyer advertising the virtual 4-H Project Open House events: