Applications Accepted for 2020 Barrow and Lamb MQP until May 1 – SUBMIT electronically through Virtual Mailbox!

Entries – or perhaps, more appropriately applications for entry – for the 2020 Fairfield County Jr. Fair Barrow and Lamb MQP programs are now being accepted by the OSU Extension office. To be considered for a spot in either the 2020 Barrow or Lamb MQP contests, an application along with an essay not to exceed 300 words must be postmarked, or be received by OSU Extension by May 1st, 2020 and can be submitted online to our 4-H Member Mailbox. Click here to access this link: http://go.osu.edu/memmailbox

Barrows will be harvested and processed at Bay Packing in Fairfield County. In order to accommodate such a large harvest and process the pork in a timely fashion, participants or those who have purchased the freezer pork from the participants, must agree to pick up their fresh, frozen pork prior to the Fair at a time yet to be announced. Cured product, such as bacon or ham, will be available for pick-up at a time yet to be determined after the Fair.

Lambs will also be harvested at Bay Packing. Likewise with the freezer pork, in order to be able to accommodate such a large harvest and process the lamb in a timely fashion, participants or those who have purchased the freezer lamb from the participants must agree to pick up their fresh frozen lamb prior to the Fair at a time yet to be announced.

The application process being required is intended to allow the Barrow and Lamb MQP Show Committees the opportunity to clearly communicate in a timely fashion to participants where they rank on the participant list. The subjective and age appropriate evaluation of the essays by several ‘judges’ will serve as the basis for that ranking that will be completed and announced by May 15 or as soon as possible.

Both Fairfield County’s Barrow and Lamb MQP programs will operate under the following guidelines:

  1. Applications for the 2020 Barrow and/or Lamb MQP programs must be postmarked, emailed or received in the OSU Extension office by the end of business on May 1, 2020. The blank applications are available in the Member Handbook or may be downloaded here: Barrow MQP : Lamb MQP
  2. Along with the application, on a separate paper an essay, not to exceed 300 words, must be included for each contest that is entered. The title of the essay is to be, “Why I want to participate in a livestock project that’s focused on producing high quality pork/lamb that meets the consumer’s demand.”
  3. The essays will be scored and ranked by an independent panel of judges. Only the author’s age, not their name, will be revealed to the judges. Applicants will receive notice by May 15 or as soon as possible of their ranking on the participants list.
  4. If a participant must withdraw from the program, he/she must agree to notify the OSU Extension office immediately in order that participants that ranked below them may be moved up on the list.
  5. MQP barrows must be in the exhibitor’s possession by July 15, and tagged by the club/chapter advisor between July 20 and 31. The live MQP barrows must be delivered to the Fairgrounds for the conclusion on Sunday, September 27th, between 1 and 2 p.m.
  6. MQP lambs must be brought to the Fairgrounds for tagging and weighing on July 11, and the live MQP lambs must be delivered to the Fairgrounds for the conclusion on Sunday, October 4th, between 12:30 and 1 p.m.
  7. Freezer pork and freezer lamb cutting/processing sheets must be submitted when the animals are delivered to the Fairgrounds. These sheets will made available to exhibitors in September.
  8. Immediately following delivery on their respective dates and following the live evaluations, the Show Committees will transport the animals to Bay Packing for harvest on the following morning.
  9. Carcass data for both contests will be collected at Bay’s and the scoring of the contests will be conducted under the direction of OSU Swine Specialist Dr. Steve Moeller or his designee.
  10. The fresh frozen freezer pork and lamb must be picked up at a time yet to be determined prior to the Fair. Smoked/cured pork product will be available after the Fair.
  11. A concluding educational program where the placings will be announced will be scheduled at a time and place yet to be determined prior to the Fair.

Exhibitors are also reminded that MQP barrows must be in compliance with the new rules regarding the ban of ractopamine for all 2020 Fairfield County swine shows. Find details regarding the Fairfield County Senior Fairboard action to hold ractopamine-free swine shows in 2020 linked here.

We are privileged to have a local packing house such as Bay Packing who is willing and able to help facilitate the Fairfield County Barrow and Lamb MQP programs by harvesting and processing at least 30 barrows and 25 lambs. We also appreciate the effort of faculty and students in the OSU Animal Science Department who are willing to help score and facilitate this unique program.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the OSU Extension office, Barrow MQP Show Superintendent Bryan Black, or Lamb MQP Show Superintendent Kris Doyle.

Join the 4-H Meat Judging Team! First Practice: Monday, January 13th!

Youth interested in livestock are strongly encouraged to join the 4-H Meat Judging Team! The first meeting/practice will be held Monday, January 13th from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at Bloom Carroll High School in the Ag Room.

For a complete list of meeting/practice dates: 2020 Meat Judging Calendar

Attention Adults interested in BEEF!

For those adults interested in the Beef Industry, please check out this opportunity. As a former participant, I STRONGLY recommend! -Leslie Cooksey

BEEF 509 Registration Open!

The beef Checkoff funded BEEF 509 program is held to raise the awareness level about the beef that is produced and what goes into producing a high-quality and consistent product. The program will take place on two consecutive Saturdays, February 22 and 29, 2020 at The Ohio State University’s Animal Sciences building in Columbus, OH. It is critical to attend both sessions as participants are assigned to teams they will work with throughout the program.

Beef 509 Weekend 1 will include:

  • Live animal evaluation session
  • Grid pricing discussion

Beef 509 Weekend 2 will include:

  • Carcass grading session
  • Hands-on meat fabrication

If interest in BEEF 509 exceeds the 32 spaces provided, names will be held and applicants notified of upcoming sessions. The registration fee for each BEEF 509 participant is $150. The program is the result of a partnership with the Ohio Beef Council, Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation, The Ohio State University Extension and The Ohio State University Department of Animal Sciences. These entities will be funding all remaining costs associated with the BEEF 509 program. If interested in signing up click here.

Interested in the 2020 4-H Meat Judging Team?

The Fairfield County 4-H Meat Judging Team will soon begin to meet to prepare for the State 4-H Meat Judging Contest this spring. Coaches, Caitlyn Black and James Maynard, are ready to recruit members to join the 2020 Fairfield County 4-H Meat Judging Team! A schedule of practices will be shared soon. Let us know  if you are interested in this opportunity by emailing Leslie at cooksey.25@osu.edu.

Join the 2019 Fairfield County 4-H Meat Judging Team!

Fairfield County 4-H Meat Judging Coaches, Caitlyn Black and James Maynard, are ready to recruit members to join the 2019 Fairfield County 4-H Meat Judging Team! Practices will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Bloom Carroll Ag Room at Bloom Carroll High School. The team will be preparing for the Ohio 4-H Meat Judging Contest on April 27th, 2019.

See attached for additional information: WELCOME KEY INFORMATION 2019 MEAT JUDGING

Livestock Exhibitors: Invitation to Livestock Clinic in Ross County – February 25, 2019

Ross County Extension invites all Fairfield County livestock members/exhibitors to attend their livestock clinic on February 25th from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Ross County Fairgrounds. RSVP is required by calling 740-702-3200. Their featured speaker will be Dr. Lyda Garcia, Ohio State University Animal Science/Meat Science expert. Learn how what you feed and how you treat your animal impacts meat quality on your plate!

 

Ohio 4-H Animal Sciences – 2019 Event and Competition Schedules

Ohio 4-H has published its 2019 animal sciences event and competition schedules at: https://ohio4h.org/statewide-programs/animal-sciences

The webpage includes:

  • A link to download the 2019 State 4-H Animal Sciences (Livestock, Companion, & Small Animals) Events calendar (the scarlet button).
  • A link to download the 2019 Ohio 4-H and FFA Animal Science Competitions document (the gray button). This document includes both 4-H and FFA events related to animal sciences across the state, many of which are open to youth participating in both organizations.
  • Links to species specific pages with additional events not included in the other calendars (e.g., dairy cattle, horse).

Fairfield County’s 4-H Meat Judging Team – 2nd Place at State Contest!

Five Fairfield County 4-H youth participated in the State 4-H Meat Judging Contest on April 28th. Our Senior Team placed 2nd out of 5 teams. Senior Team members included Derek Burns (2nd place individual), Sarah Doner (4th place individual), Paige Hinton (11th place individual), and Allie Poston (15th place individual). Additionally, Lily Dennis competed in the Junior Division and placed 5th individually in the Junior Division.

Members were coached by 4-H volunteers, James Maynard and Caitlyn Black alongside Bloom Carroll FFA members. For more information in joining the Fairfield County 4-H Meat Judging Team in 2019, contact James or Caitlyn.

Some of the Fairfield County 4-H and Bloom Carroll FFA Meat Judging Team Members.

Fairfield County 4-H MEAT Judging Team to MEET this Sunday, January 21st!

We are excited to share that the Fairfield County 4-H Meat Judging Team will continue for 2018! NEW MEMBERS ALWAYS WELCOME! Their first practice will be held on Sunday, January 21st from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Bloom Carroll High School Ag Room. For more information, please visit the informational handout with key information for 2018 found here: WELCOME KEY INFORMATION 2018

A list of practice dates and contests are included in this handout. Thank you to 4-H alumni and volunteers, Caitlyn Black and James Maynard, for coaching our team once again this year! This is a perfect opportunity for those interested in livestock to get involved beyond their project experience! The state 4-H meat judging contest will be held on Saturday, April 28th.

Farm Gate to Dinner Plate – for Teens and Adults interested in Meat Science!

Dr. Lyda Garcia with Ohio State University Department of Animal Sciences is providing a meat science opportunity for older youth and adults on February 17 and 24: From Farm Gate to Dinner Plate.

This is a Mini 509 Workshop sponsored by the Ohio State University Department of Animal Sciences and Ohio 4-H Youth Development. The February 17th workshop will include, but not limited to, the following topics: Animal Welfare, Feeding Practices, Live Animal Evaluation, etc. The February 24th workshop will include: Carcass Grading and Fabrication, Retail Identification, Hands-on Grilling, Food Safety.

The location is the OSU Animal Sciences Building, 2029 Fyffe Court, Columbus, Ohio. The targeted audience is youth 14-18 years old, Agricscience Teachers, and 4-H Advisors. The deadline to register for either or both days is February 2.

Note: There are a maximum of 40 seats available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Here is a link to the flyer and registration: Farm Gate to Dinner Plate Official Flyer

Please contact Dr. Lyda Garcia, garcia.625@osu.edu, 614.292.3642 if you have any questions.