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:

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,, 614.292.3642 if you have any questions.

Junior Swine Day at Ohio State is 3/24/2018 – Registration is required!

Once again, Ohio State University will be hosting their OSU Junior Swine Day on Saturday, March 24th, 2018. You have a location choice of OSU Columbus or OSU ATI in Wooster. Registration is required. For a link to the informational brochure/registration form. Please click here. Registration is due March 16th, 2018. Also, there will be Quality Assurance at this event which WILL count toward Fairfield County Quality Assurance requirements!

3rd Annual Meat Judging Student Clinic at Ohio State – DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JANUARY 10!

The 3rd Annual Meat Judging Student Clinic will be held Saturday, January 20, 2018, at the Animal Sciences Building on the OSU Columbus Campus. This clinic is for High School Juniors and Seniors. Topics include beef, lamb and pork evaluation – carcass classes, wholesale classes, retail classes, retail ID, and notetaking. The cost for the clinic is $60.00 per person. A flyer with more information as well as the link for registration can be found at

Meat Judging Fall Workshop Announced

Are you interested in livestock and food production? Do you want to know what it takes to grade a prime steak? Do you enjoy competing on a team and learning more about the meat that you eat? Fairfield County 4-H is excited to offer a 4-H Meat Judging team this year! The meat judging season is from January to the end of April with practices about once a week or as members can meet during those months. The contest covers beef, pork, and lamb with members judging retail, carcasses, wholesale cuts, and giving reasons to defend their judging selections.

If you are looking to experience more about what happens at contests, join coach Caitlyn Black at The Ohio State University Meat Lab on Thursday, September 28th from 5:30-7:00 pm for a fall workout! OSU will have some carcasses and wholesale cuts classes for members to judge for fun and we will cover a little bit about what to expect with the contests in the spring. We hope to see you there!

OSU Fall Workout

Thursday, September 28, 2017

5:30 pm- 7:00 pm

The Ohio State University Meat Lab

2029 Fyffe Road

Columbus, Ohio 43210


Members must hold 4-H membership in a Fairfield County 4-H Club to participate. The team is open to all 4-H youth ages 8 (and in 3rd grade) to 18 as of 1/1/2018.

If you have any questions or if you would like to be added to the Meat Judging Team email, please contact Caitlyn Black at or 614-419-3313.

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

We are excited to recruit two volunteers, Caitlyn Black and James Maynard, to serve as club advisors and team coaches of the newly forming Fairfield County 4-H Meat Judging Team! Practices and contests are very soon – get ready to learn more about beef, pork, and lamb (retail classes, carcass classes, and wholesale classes); retail ID, written test portion of the contests, meat science education, practice and contest information).

They will be hosting an Open House at the Ag Center (831 College Avenue) on Monday, February 20th from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

This is a great opportunity for 4-H youth livestock exhibitors who participate in the Muscle Quality and Performance/Carcass Contests for the Fairfield County Fair! MQP/Carcass Projects not required for participation and membership to the 4-H Meat Judging Team. Members must hold 4-H membership in a Fairfield County 4-H Club to participate. Open to all 4-H youth ages 8 (and in the 3rd grade) to 18 as of 1/1/2017.