Fairfield County Market Beef Tagging, Weighing, and DNA Sample Collection Procedure for 2021

For those planning to exhibit 4-H and FFA market beef projects at the 2021 Fairfield County Junior Fair:

This information is available at this link as well.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused us to change the way we do many things in life that had become seemingly routine. Fortunately, in most cases the advances in technology have allowed many of these changes to take place almost seamlessly. The annual Junior market beef weigh-in and tagging in Fairfield County is an example.

As we continue to be surrounded by the virus, in order to tag market beef as safely as possible, yet ensure the integrity of our show, this year we will be employing a tagging process similar to that utilized by the Ohio State Fair market beef show in recent years.

Youth will be required to tag their market beef animals with a visual and EID tag (unless their calf already has an EID tag, in this case they will apply only a visual tag) and must submit a hair follicle DNA sample prior to weigh-in on March 13, 2021. In advance, families with market beef projects will also be required to reserve a weigh-in time for the March 13 event, 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 2021 Fair must submit a request for their tags on-line by completing the survey linked here before March 2, 2021. Complete only one request survey per family.

3) When requesting your tags on-line you will be asked for the first date you would like to pick up your tags and the necessary tagger(s) at the Sr. Fair office. Please order your tags at least two working days prior to your preferred date to pick them up. Senior Fair staff will then contact you to make an appointment for pick up when your tagging packets and taggers are ready. Please be reminded that the Sr. Fair office is typically open M-F from 8:30 a.m. until Noon.

4) The ‘tagging packet’ will include a combination visual numbered ear and EID tag (EID tags are sometimes also called RFID tags; radio frequency identification), and a small zip lock plastic bag for supplying a hair/DNA sample. If a calf already has an EID tag, that original tag must remain in the animal and you will not receive a new EID tag for that calf. It is a violation of Federal law to EVER remove an ‘840’ EID tag.

If your calf does not already have an EID tag, your kit for that calf will include a combo visual/EID tag.

NOTE: Tag applicators may be borrowed from the Sr. Fair Office at the time tagging packets are picked up and must be returned in a timely fashion at a time agreed upon at the time they are received. Exhibitors needing assistance in tagging should contact their 4-H/FFA advisor for assistance.

5) Youth/families are expected to apply the required tags in the calf’s ear prior to weigh/tag-in on March 13, 2021 and submit their individual exhibitor, calf tagging, housing and County Bred, Born & Raised information on a second survey linked here before March 11, at 12 noon.

NOTE: Those participating in the Born, Bred, and Raised (B, B & R) in Fairfield County show may upload their breeder signed B, B & R form when submitting their individual calf information on-line in the second form found linked above, or must turn in their signed B, B & R in an envelope on weigh in day. A copy of the B, B & R form is linked here. Be certain all information is complete and your breeder is a member of the Fairfield County Cattlemen’s Association (FCCA). FCCA membership details may be found linked here.

6) In the second survey linked above each family will also select the time they will arrive with their calf(s) to be weighed and checked in on March 13. All tagged calves must be weighed in on March 13, 2021, at the Fairfield Cattle Company facility located at 3443 Cincinnati-Zanesville Road (S.R. 22), Lancaster.

7) By the time of tagging youth/families are also expected to submit a hair follicle DNA sample from each calf they tag in. The zip lock plastic bag for submitting this hair sample is included in each ‘tagging packet’ and can be seen in the photo above. If you’ve not done this before, see this one minute YouTube for detail on how to collect the hair sample: https://youtu.be/Upl-09ZOLF0

8) Any unused tagging packets including the tags and/or any extra EID tags must be returned to the Sr. Fair Office along with completed tagging packets that include the hair DNA sample, and details of who will be potentially exhibiting each calf. These packets may be returned at the time taggers are returned, or at weigh-in on March 13, 2021.

For more information on this new tagging and weighing process for your 2021 Fairfield County Fair market beef animals, contact Junior Fair Director Chuck Miller at: keywest100@att.net.

Fairfield County 4-H Calendar (through February) is Available!

Click here to access the 2021 Fairfield County 4-H pdf and Google calendar.

Events and programs will be added as they are scheduled. Please note, this calendar is subject to change at anytime. Please continue to check back for the most current updates.

Additional dates to put on the calendar:

  • Cloverbud Camp: June 5th, 2021
  • 4-H Endowment Legacy Dinner: June 10th, 2021
  • Intermediate Camp: June 14th-17th, 2021
  • Junior Camp: June 29th-July 2nd, 2021
  • Summer Judging Week: July 12th-15th, 2021
  • Fairfield County Fair: October 10th-16th, 2021

2021 Ohio Fair Schedule Now Available

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (Dec. 21, 2020) –The Ohio Department of Agriculture today released the official dates for the 2021 fair season.

The Paulding County Fair will kick off the 2021 fair season on June 12, and the season will wrap up on October 16 with the Fairfield County Fair. For a complete schedule, click here.

In addition to setting and approving the dates for the independent and county fairs, the Ohio Department of Agriculture is responsible for helping to ensure the safety of fair amusement rides, monitoring livestock shows to ensure honest competition and coordinating animal health efforts with local veterinarians.

Contact: Katie Boyer, (614) 563-6974, katie.boyer@agri.ohio.gov

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Apply now for the 2021 Junior Fair Board!

The 2021 Junior Fair Board Application is now available. Membership is open to youth between the ages of 14 and 18 years old. New members must be 14 years old by October 1st of the current year to serve (as of 10/1/2021). Click here for a copy of the current Junior Fair Board Constitution.
Interested members (new and returning) should use the link below to apply by Friday, January 8th. Applicants will need to ask and have contact information ready (including email) for two references when they submit their application. We will be scheduling interviews/selection day at some point for new applicants, but will share that information with applicants once it is confirmed. This process may look different than past years due to COVID-19 restrictions. The first meeting for the newly selected JFB members will be held in March.
Link to 2021 Junior Fair Board Application: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bkJCMKVLRgpnXOR
Please help share this opportunity with your members! Thank you!

Fairfield County Junior Fair Photos

Our office staff took some snapshots during fair week last week along with the help of our Junior Fair Board Members. You can find these photos on our Facebook Page by clicking here.

Additionally, we expect to have the link for photos taken by Blackberry Photography sometime next week! Please note that the Sale Committee hires Blackberry Photography to only take photos of exhibitors who are participating in the Livestock Sale for the thank you placards given to buyers.

Best of Luck to all Junior Fair Exhibitors!

From all of us at the Extension Office, we wish all Junior Fair Exhibitors the best of luck next week at the fair! We know that the 2020 fair will look and feel different, but we hope that you have a memorable, fun experience next week. 4-H and FFA projects and activities are truly one of a kind and we are so proud of each of you who have stuck with your projects during this challenging year. You have found ways to make a tough situation better for yourself, your family, and those around you by be a part of the 4-H and FFA programs. See you next week!

Junior Fair Office – Closed to the Public, visit us at the Window!

The Junior Fair Office will be closed to the public this year. We will be happy to assist you from the sliding glass window that is located at the east side of the building. The Junior Fair Office is located on the southeast corner of the Feeder Creek Vet Show Arena.

Junior Fair Office Hours will be as follows:

  • Saturday, October 10th – Closed
  • Sunday, October 11th – Open 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Monday, October 12th – Open 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 13th – Open 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 14th – Open 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Junior Fair Office will also be closed on Thursday and Friday due to the Livestock Sale. The office will be open for livestock sale buyers with a limited number of people allowed in the office at one time on sale days. Please be patient as we help each individual and we will be with you as soon as possible!

2020 Beef Barn Setup

For those stalling in the beef barn, please see the attached photo of the Beef Barn layout. Please be courteous of pen space marked off by the Beef Superintendents and do not move stall cards. Please direct questions to the Beef Superintendents, Chris Turner or Brandon Thomas.