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.