Last Call for Quality Assurance – Due Friday, September 4th!

Quality Assurance Training is required for all 4-H and FFA members who will be exhibiting a livestock project at the Fairfield County Junior Fair. Quality Assurance must be completed this year by Friday, September 4th, 2020. This includes the following projects:

  • Beef (Breeding & Market)
  • Dairy Breeding & Dairy Feeders
  • Goats (Angora, Dairy, Meat, Market & Pygmy)
  • Poultry (Breeding & Market)
  • Sheep (Breeding & Market)
  • Swine
  • Rabbits (Breeding & Market)
  • Llamas & Alpacas (New for 2020)

4-H and FFA members must complete Quality Assurance this year by Friday, September 4th to meet this requirement. This deadline is for 2020 only.

Here are your options to complete the Quality Assurance requirement for 2020:

  1. Option 1: Complete Quality Assurance online through YQCA. This is the only approved online option. It does cost $12 per member annually. If you plan to show in other livestock shows this year outside of Ohio – I actually recommend completing QA in this way as some of the national stock shows actually will require YQCA to meet their Quality Assurance Requirement.
    • Visit http://yqca.org/ to complete QA if you choose this option.
    • 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.
    • Make sure you work through the entire program until you see a certificate number.
    • For a complete list of directions visit: Getting Your YQCA Online Certification
    • Please email your certificate number to cooksey.25@osu.edu.
  2. Option 2: In-Person Club Quality Assurance Training. Talk to your club/chapter advisor. Some are trained to teach Quality Assurance. I know that they are still figuring out how their meetings will look now that in-person events can resume. If your advisor is planning to teach QA by September 4th, they are able to do this in-person with you.

Please reach out to Leslie Cooksey if you have any questions (email cooksey.25@osu.edu or phone 740-277-4625).

Junior Fair Schedule Update as of 8/28/2020 – PLEASE READ!

There have been many hours and planning put in to discuss Junior Fair options for the 2020 Fairfield County Fair. There is no doubt that the 2020 Fairfield County Junior Fair will be different – but we are doing everything to plan a fair for our 4-H and FFA members to showcase their projects they have been working hard on. These decisions are difficult and sometimes ever changing. We understand there is a lot to keep up with and we appreciate your patience and flexibility. Please note that multiple meetings have taken place by various groups of volunteers, FFA Advisors, 4-H Educators, Junior Fair Directors, Senior Fair Board members, and Superintendents. They have done so with the kids in mind every step of the way. More details will be forthcoming as it relates to health and safety expectations, how each specie will run their show with safety precautions, animal release details for each specie, camping, and admission. The 2020 Junior Fair will not be open to the public. Plans are in the works to provide a live broadcast for most shows/judgings during fair week.

The main ideas on the following schedule are as follows:

  • We wanted to keep the same days and times for judging as best we could.
  • Buyer feedback confirmed that an in-person sale will continue as planned on Thursday at 5:00 p.m. and Friday at 10:00 a.m.
  • There are changes to animal arrival/weigh-ins/dismissal and many of the details are still being confirmed.
  • We also need to limit the number people on the grounds – which is why some weigh-ins have been moved, some species have decided to trailer in/trailer out, and early release times.

All of these decisions are for 2020 only. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Junior Fair Director, Chuck Miller, (keywest100@att.net) or 4-H Educator, Leslie Cooksey, (cooksey.25@osu.edu).

As approved by the Fairfield County Senior Fair Board as of 8/25/2020:

Fairfield County Junior Fair Program 2020

Friday August 28th

4 p.m. All Junior Fair Entries are due in the Senior Fair Office

Tuesday September 1st

8 a.m. Junior Fair Virtual Skillathons open on-line for all Junior Fair Exhibitors (information will be sent by email and posted on the 4-H Blog). Click here for more information.

Friday September 4th

All Junior Fair Livestock Exhibitors must have completed Quality Assurance.

Friday September 11th

4 p.m. Junior Fair Queen, Commodity Representatives, and Friend of the Junior Fair Award Applications are due at the OSU Extension Office.

Sunday September 20th

In-person Skillathon (by appointment) for those needing internet access. Click here for more information.

Monday September 21st

8 a.m. Project books completed through September 18th may start to be turned into the OSU Extension Office by way of the 4-H/FFA Advisor. (Last day to turn in is Friday, September 25th 4 p.m.).

6 p.m. Lamb & Wool Queen Applications due to Trish Preston: e-mail Trish at raridanpreston1@gmail.com

8 p.m. Must have completed the Virtual Skillathon.

Tuesday September 22nd

6 p.m. Queen Finalist Interviews, Location TBA

Friday September 25th

4 p.m. Project Books completed through September 18th must be turned into the OSU Extension Office – Advisors must have all members books turned in by 4 p.m.

6 p.m. All beef exhibitors must contact Chris Turner, Beef Superintendent, to inform him if you are stalling in the barn or tying out your beef project at the fair. Email Chris at turnerc@libertyunion.org

Sunday September 27th

1 p.m. Barrow MQP Show – Feeder Creek Vet Arena.

Wednesday September 30th

7 p.m. Show Committee Meeting – Zoom or Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building, Location TBD

Sunday October 4th

12:30 p.m. Sheep MQP – Feeder Creek Vet Arena

Saturday October 10th

8:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. Swine Weigh-In & Check-In – Swine Barn

9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Breeding Rabbit Check-In – # 50 Building – DO NOT BRING YOUR BREEDING ANIMAL, but you must check in with Rabbit Committee to verify your classes for Thursday’s Show.

9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Market Rabbit Weigh In & Tagging – # 50 Building – You may bring up to two pairs (1 fryer pair, 1 roaster pair). Market rabbits will be placed in cages after weigh-in and stay at the fair.

1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Market Beef & Feeder Weigh-In – Beef Barn

1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Beef Heifer & Feeder Weigh-In & Check-In.

4 p.m. All 4-H/FFA Shop and Crop Exhibits must be in place in the 4-H Display Barn.

Sunday October 11th

8 a.m. Dog Show Registration and Show – Feeder Creek Vet Show Arena

TBD – Junior Fair Livestock Judging Contest

10 a.m. Companion Animal Show – Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building

10 a.m. Market Sheep arrival and to be penned in the AAA Building

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Market Sheep Weigh-In & tag checking – AAA Building

12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Market Chicken & Market Duck Weigh-In # 19 Poultry Building – Market Animals will be housed at Poultry Barn until show on Monday.

12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Breeding Poultry Projects & Turkey Projects – Check-In and verify your classes with the Poultry Committee – # 19 Poultry Building. (DO NOT BRING YOUR BREEDING ANIMALS UNTIL POULTRY SHOW ON MONDAY).

12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Pygmy Goat Check-In – Round Cattle

3 p.m. Swine Showmanship – Feeder Creek Vet Arena

4 to 5 p.m. Dairy Feeder Weigh-In – Round Cattle Barn

6 p.m. Junior Fair Queen Contest (By Invitation only)

Monday October 12th

8 a.m. Opening Ceremony & Queen Announcement and attendants – Ricketts Hall (by Invitation Only)

8 a.m. Poultry Turkey and Breeding Animals should arrive for Show – Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building

8:30 a.m. Market Swine Show – Feeder Creek Vet Arena

9 a.m. Poultry Show (Turkey & Showmanship) – Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building

11 a.m. Pygmy Goat Show – Round Cattle Barn

12:30 p.m. Poultry Show (Market & Breeding) Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building

3 p.m. Cakes, Pies, and Candies Judging – 4-H Display (1:30 to 3 p.m. for Zoom, if requested)

4 p.m. Market Goat Weigh – In AAA Building

Tuesday October 13th

7:30 a.m. Dairy Goat Check-In – AAA- Building (animals will be trucked in and trucked out)

8:30 a.m. Dairy Feeder Show – Round Cattle Barn

9 a.m. Dairy Goat Show – Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building

10 a.m. Beef Show, Breeding, Feeders, Steers – Feeder Creek Vet Show Arena

12 p.m. Meat Doe and Market Wether Goat Show – Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building

Wednesday October 14th

8:30 a.m. Horse Show Competition (Classes 1 through 33) – Horse Show Outdoor Arena

8:30 a.m. Sheep Show (Showmanship – starting with Seniors, Breeding, Under/Over Market Class, Lunch Break, Market) – Feeder Creek Vet Show Arena

8:30 a.m. Market Rabbit Show – Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building

10 a.m. Dairy Cattle Breeding Show and Showmanship – Round Cattle Barn

12:30 p.m. Rabbit Showmanship – Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building (No animals required)

Thursday October 15th

9 a.m. Horse Show (Classes 34 through 64) – Outdoor Horse Arena

TBD Super Showmanship

10 a.m. Alpaca Show – Round Cattle Barn (Truck in day of show)

10 a.m. Breeding Rabbits should arrive at the Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building (Must be checked in on Saturday October 10th with Rabbit Committee to show.

12 p.m. Rabbit Breeding Show – Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building

5 p.m. Junior Fair Livestock Auction Session 1 – (Market Beef, Dairy Products, Dairy Feeder, Swine) Feeder Creek Vet Arena

Friday October 16th

9 a.m. Junior Fair Livestock Champions on Display #50 Building

9 a.m. Rain Date for Horse Show – Outdoor Horse Arena

10:00 a.m. Junior Fair Livestock Auction Session 2 – (Market Lambs, Market Rabbits, Market Poultry, Dairy Goat Products, Market Goats) – Feeder Creek Vet Show Arena

 

*** Animals will be released following your show (both market & breeding) except for Champion and Reserve Champion Market Beef/Market Goats/Market Sheep/Market Swine. The exact time you can remove your animals will be determined by Junior Fair Director and Superintendents of your show and will be announced.

The Fairfield County Fair Board has set a 10 p.m. curfew for the grounds each day as requested by the Governor at 10 p.m. No exhibitors or parents should be in the buildings so cleaning can be taking place.

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2020 Fairfield County Quality Assurance Deadline: September 4th

The Fairfield County Senior Fair Board will require that 4-H and FFA complete Quality Assurance by Friday, September 4th to meet the annual Quality Assurance requirement to exhibit at the Fairfield County Junior Fair. This September 4th deadline is for 2020 only.

Quality Assurance Training is required for all members who will be exhibiting a livestock project at the Fairfield County Junior Fair. This includes the following projects:

  • Beef (Breeding & Market)
  • Dairy Breeding & Dairy Feeders
  • Goats (Angora, Dairy, Meat, Market & Pygmy)
  • Poultry (Breeding & Market)
  • Sheep (Breeding & Market)
  • Swine
  • Rabbits (Breeding & Market)
  • Llamas & Alpacas (New for 2020)

Advisors must turn in completion paperwork for member’s QA training to the Extension Office by Tuesday, September 8th, 2020. Due to the Extension Office being open only by appointment currently, please call 740-653-5419 to schedule a drop off time. Additionally, QA paperwork can be dropped off in our drop box which is attached to the building located on the east side doors of the building. Please look for a black box that says OSU with 4-H stickers on it. If you leave something in out drop box, please let us know!

For a complete list of Quality Assurance options for 2020, please click here.

Fairfield County Quality Assurance Options as of 8/21/2020

Quality Assurance Training is required for all 4-H and FFA members who will be exhibiting a livestock project at the Fairfield County Junior Fair. This includes the following projects:

  • Beef (Breeding & Market)
  • Dairy Breeding & Dairy Feeders
  • Goats (Angora, Dairy, Meat, Market & Pygmy)
  • Poultry (Breeding & Market)
  • Sheep (Breeding & Market)
  • Swine
  • Rabbits (Breeding & Market)
  • Llamas & Alpacas (New for 2020)

4-H and FFA members must complete Quality Assurance this year by Friday, September 4th to meet this requirement. This deadline is for 2020 only.

Here are your options to complete the Quality Assurance requirement for 2020:

  1. Option 1: Complete Quality Assurance online through YQCA. This is the only approved online option. It does cost $12 per member annually. If you plan to show in other livestock shows this year outside of Ohio – I actually recommend completing QA in this way as some of the national stock shows actually will require YQCA to meet their Quality Assurance Requirement.
    • Visit http://yqca.org/ to complete QA if you choose this option.
    • 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.
    • Make sure you work through the entire program until you see a certificate number.
    • For a complete list of directions visit: Getting Your YQCA Online Certification
    • Please email your certificate number to cooksey.25@osu.edu.
  2. Option 2: In-Person Club Quality Assurance Training. Talk to your club/chapter advisor. Some are trained to teach Quality Assurance. I know that they are still figuring out how their meetings will look now that in-person events can resume. If your advisor is planning to teach QA by September 4th, they are able to do this in-person with you.
  3. If the above options do not work for you, Option 3 is to complete QA through Zoom with the Extension Office. Four sessions have been previous offered. One session remains: Session 5: 8/24/2020 at 7:00 PM.
    • All family members must plan to attend the entire QA session. Plan for 90 minutes.
    • You must have a good internet connection with video capabilities to participate.
    • Registration is required at least 48 hours prior to the QA session you plan to attend by clicking this link: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5Bmi9FlbfUOajat
    • Each session is limited to 40 families. Families only need to register once if all family members plan to participate at the same time.
    • Approximately 24 hours prior to your scheduled QA session, you will receive your Zoom connection information from Leslie Cooksey.

Please reach out to Leslie Cooksey if you have any questions (email cooksey.25@osu.edu or phone 740-277-4625).

Fairfield County Quality Assurance Options as of 8/6/2020

Quality Assurance Training is required for all 4-H and FFA members who will be exhibiting a livestock project at the Fairfield County Junior Fair. This includes the following projects:

  • Beef (Breeding & Market)
  • Dairy Breeding & Dairy Feeders
  • Goats (Angora, Dairy, Meat, Market & Pygmy)
  • Poultry (Breeding & Market)
  • Sheep (Breeding & Market)
  • Swine
  • Rabbits (Breeding & Market)
  • Llamas & Alpacas (New for 2020)

4-H and FFA members must complete Quality Assurance this year by Friday, September 4th to meet this requirement. This deadline is for 2020 only.

Here are your options to complete the Quality Assurance requirement for 2020:

  1. Option 1: Complete Quality Assurance online through YQCA. This is the only approved online option. It does cost $12 per member annually. If you plan to show in other livestock shows this year outside of Ohio – I actually recommend completing QA in this way as some of the national stock shows actually will require YQCA to meet their Quality Assurance Requirement.
    • Visit http://yqca.org/ to complete QA if you choose this option.
    • 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.
    • Make sure you work through the entire program until you see a certificate number.
    • For a complete list of directions visit: Getting Your YQCA Online Certification
    • Please email your certificate number to cooksey.25@osu.edu.
  2. Option 2: In-Person Club Quality Assurance Training. Talk to your club/chapter advisor. Some are trained to teach Quality Assurance. I know that they are still figuring out how their meetings will look now that in-person events can resume. If your advisor is planning to teach QA by September 4th, they are able to do this in-person with you.
  3. If the above options do not work for you, Option 3 is to complete QA through Zoom with the Extension Office.
    • Zoom QA Session Options:
      • Session 3: 8/18/2020 at 3:00 PM
      • Session 4: 8/20/2020 at 7:00 PM
      • Session 5: 8/24/2020 at 7:00 PM
    • All family members must plan to attend the entire QA session. Plan for 90 minutes.
    • You must have a good internet connection with video capabilities to participate.
    • Registration is required at least 48 hours prior to the QA session you plan to attend by clicking this link: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5Bmi9FlbfUOajat
    • Each session is limited to 40 families. Families only need to register once if all family members plan to participate at the same time.
    • Approximately 24 hours prior to your scheduled QA session, you will receive your Zoom connection information from Leslie Cooksey.

Please reach out to Leslie Cooksey if you have any questions (email cooksey.25@osu.edu or phone 740-277-4625).

2020 Fairfield County Quality Assurance Deadline: September 4th

The Fairfield County Senior Fair Board will require that 4-H and FFA complete Quality Assurance by Friday, September 4th to meet the annual Quality Assurance requirement to exhibit at the Fairfield County Junior Fair. This September 4th deadline is for 2020 only.

Quality Assurance Training is required for all members who will be exhibiting a livestock project at the Fairfield County Junior Fair. This includes the following projects:

  • Beef (Breeding & Market)
  • Dairy Breeding & Dairy Feeders
  • Goats (Angora, Dairy, Meat, Market & Pygmy)
  • Poultry (Breeding & Market)
  • Sheep (Breeding & Market)
  • Swine
  • Rabbits (Breeding & Market)
  • Llamas & Alpacas (New for 2020)

Advisors must turn in completion paperwork for member’s QA training to the Extension Office by Tuesday, September 8th, 2020. Due to the Extension Office being open only by appointment currently, please call 740-653-5419 to schedule a drop off time. Additionally, QA paperwork can be dropped off in our drop box which is attached to the building located on the east side doors of the building. Please look for a black box that says OSU with 4-H stickers on it. If you leave something in out drop box, please let us know!

For a complete list of Quality Assurance options for 2020, please click here.

Need Quality Assurance to participate in the Ohio Youth Livestock Expo? Here are your options!

Hello 4-H Members,

Although the Ohio State Fair has been cancelled, you may be planning to attend the 2020 Ohio Youth Livestock Expo in July/August. This new show (for beef, sheep, goats, and hogs) is following similar rules, guidelines, protocol of the Ohio State Fair – although it is being planned independently from the Ohio State Fair by other individuals in the livestock industry.

The deadline for entries is Friday, July 10th. (https://theoyle.com/) You must be enrolled in the 4-H or FFA project you plan to enter at the county level. They will be verifying entries with county level enrollments (just like the State Fair does). Additionally, we learn just over a week ago that Quality Assurance is required and I found out on Friday that their deadline for QA is July 13th at 5:00 p.m. I realize this puts those in Fairfield County in a tight window to complete QA by their deadline. I will do what I need to help you complete QA if you plan to exhibit in this event.

Your options:

1. Complete Quality Assurance online through YQCA. This is the only approved online option. It does cost $12 per member annually. If you plan to show in other livestock shows this year outside of Ohio – I actually recommend completing QA in this way as some of the national stock shows actually will require YQCA to meet their Quality Assurance Requirement. Visit http://yqca.org/ to complete QA if you choose this option. 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. When complete, you will get a certificate number. For a complete list of directions visit: Getting Your YQCA Online Certification Please email your certificate number to cooksey.25@osu.edu.

2. Talk to your club advisor. Some are trained to teach Quality Assurance. I know that they are still figuring out how their meetings will look now that in-person events can resume. If your advisor is planning to teach QA by July 13th, they are able to do this in-person with you.

3. If the above options do not work for you, email me IMMEDIATELY. I am trained for Fairfield County to conduct Quality Assurance via Zoom (club advisors are not). If anyone needs this option, be prepared to plan on this happening between now and July 13th. Date TBD (We are busy with summer judging prep, but we’ll make it happen if anyone needs it).

Please reach out to me if you have any questions (email cooksey.25@osu.edu or phone 740-277-4625).

Thanks!

Leslie Cooksey

Ohio Youth Livestock Expo: Entries are open, due 7/10/2020

The Ohio Youth Livestock Expo is being hosted July 25-August 18 by a group of volunteers with shows for beef, sheep, swine, and boer goats. The Expo is perfect for junior exhibitors who are looking for a state-wide, competitive show for their livestock projects. For full details, schedule, eligibility, and entry information, go to www.theoyle.com. Entries are due by July 10, 2020.

Full entry information by species is listed on their website. Please note that exhibitors must have a confirmed project in that species enter at the county/state level in the organization in which they are a member (4-H or FFA). Entries are not finalized until the confirmation is received back from either the FFA Advisor or County 4-H Professional that the entry is enrolled in that project for that organization. Ineligible participants will be notified if the entry is not accepted, no refunds will be issued.

Quality Assurance must be completed. View entry information for details. We are still waiting to hear confirmation on the deadline in which Quality Assurance must be completed in order to participate in the OYLE.

 

Rabbit Health Information: RHDV2 Fact Sheet

Some rabbit exhibitors and advisor may have heard about the RHDV2 spread among rabbits (both wild and domestic) that started in SW United States just a few months ago. At this point, Colorado and Texas are the closest states with confirmed deaths but if they are on social media or involved in rabbit groups they have most likely been hearing about it. This Fact Sheet (Rabbit RHD Fact Sheet) addresses the important points and addresses the importance of increasing biosecurity as the best course of action at this point.

Attention Livestock Exhibitors: Quality Assurance Updates as of 4/23/2020

At this time, Quality Assurance CANNOT be taught by club/chapter advisors to Fairfield County 4-H/FFA youth virtually. This has not been approved.

As of 4/21/2020, the Fairfield County Senior Fair Board approved postponing the June 30th Quality Assurance deadline for Fairfield County due to COVID-19 and 4-H in-person events, meetings, and programs being cancelled or postponed through July 6th. A Fairfield County QA deadline will be determined at a later time once we can resume in-person events in the 4-H program.

Anyone planning to enter/exhibit into the Ohio State Fair needs to read this post: 2020 Ohio State Fair Information for Fairfield County 4-H & FFA youth. This link includes Quality Assurance options for state fair exhibitors.

For everyone else – we have time! When in-person 4-H club meetings and events can resume, trained advisors will be able to teach this at your club meeting. We will also reschedule the countywide dates that were previously scheduled for May at the fairgrounds.

If you’d like to take care of your Quality Assurance now, you may do this online through YQCA  (Youth for the Quality Care of Animals). This is the ONLY approved ONLINE Quality Assurance Program for youth in Ohio. For 2020 ONLY, this web-based course has been approved by ODA for 8-18 year olds.

  • Go to: https://yqca.learningrow.lo.
    • 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.