Secretary’s Book Contest Results

The Fairfield County 4-H Secretary’s Book Annual Contest is proudly sponsored and funded each year by the family of Robert L. Hillman who was a 4-H advisor for many years in Pickaway County. Mr. Hillman believed strongly in teaching and practicing quality record keeping within the structure of the 4-H program. He continued to support his grandchildren, Adam, Milea, and Sarah Maxwell, in their 4-H endeavors in Fairfield County until his death in 2003. To continue his long-standing commitment to the tradition of record keeping and the 4-H program, his family is proud to sponsor this competition in his memory.

When the Secretary’s Book is complete, it should document the activities by its members for one year. It becomes a historical document to be enjoyed for years to come as individuals review it with fondness and memories.

All secretaries are eligible and encouraged to submit a book each year. There is a monetary award that goes to the winners and they go directly to that individual. The 4-H Secretary Book Rubric was used to evaluate each secretary’s book that was submitted in the contest. Each book was evaluated and received a one-, two-, or three-star rating based on the rubric. Based on the star ratings, the top  individual will receive a monetary award.

The 2023 results are:

  • Catherine Buckley, 1st Place, 3 Star Book. Catherine is a member of the Amanda Work & Win 4-H Club
  • Scarlett Sims, 2nd Place, 3 Star Book. Scarlett is a member of the Sewing Shefs 4-H Club
  • Ellie Foster, 1 Star Book. Ellie is a member of the Pygmies Plus 4-H Club
  • Kendall Wild, 1 Star Book. Kendall is a member of the Lithopolis Livestock 4-H Club

Thank you to all of the members who participated in the Secretary’s Book contest this year. Keep up the good record keeping! If your club did not participate this year, we hope you will keep this contest in mind and participate next year.

Treasurer’s Book Contest Results

The Fairfield County 4-H Treasurer’s Book Annual Contest is proudly sponsored and funded each year by the Friendly Bremen Banking Center. Thank you, Jodi Motta and Vinton County Bank, for their support and organization of this contest.

The role of the club treasurer is to handle all money matters of the club and maintain accurate financial records.  When the Treasurer’s Book is complete, it should document the activities by its members for one year. It becomes a historical document to that accurately records the club’s income and expenses, and shows that the club is in good financial standing.

All treasurers are eligible and encouraged to submit a book each year. There is a monetary award that goes to the winners and they go directly to that individual. The 4-H Treasurer Book Rubric was used to evaluate each treasurer’s book that was submitted in the contest. Employees of the bank will review the books and choose a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner. Each member who places will receive a visa gift card.

The 2023 results are:

  •  Krosby Sims, 1st Place. Krosby is from the Sewing Shef’s 4-H Club.
  • Ariana Norris, 2nd Place. Ariana is from the Amanda Work & Win 4-H Club.

Thank you to all of the members who participated in the Treasurer’s Book contest this year. Keep up the good record keeping! If your club did not participate this year, we hope you will keep this contest in mind and participate next year.

Lamb MQP (carcass) Contest: NEW DEADLINE is April 15th

Entries for the 2024 Fairfield County Jr. Fair Lamb MQP programs are now being accepted. All MQP entries will be accepted on-line and are due on or before April 15.

Please note that some of the important MQP dates have changed as follows:

  • Lambs for the MQP contest must be owned by June 29, 2024 and will be weighed at the Fairgrounds on that date. After 64 days on feed the MQP lambs will be brought back to the Fairgrounds for the conclusion of the contest on September 1, 2024.
  • Members must be enrolled in the Market Lamb Project in 4-HONline by April 15th to be eligible for the Lamb MQP Program.

Applications for any of these contests must be received on-line by April 15, 2024. Find more details about MQP and links to each of the application portals here: https://go.osu.edu/mqp

Swine MQP (carcass) Contest: NEW DEADLINE is April 15th / Also NEW this year, Swine MQP includes Gilts AND Barrows!

Entries for the 2024 Fairfield County Jr. Fair Swine MQP programs are now being accepted. All MQP entries will be accepted on-line and are due on or before April 15.

Please note that some of the important MQP dates have changed as follows:

  • Barrows or – new for this year – gilts for MQP must be owned by June 29, 2024 and will be weighed this year at the Fairgrounds on that date. After 71 days on feed the barrows will return to the Fairgrounds for the contest conclusion on September 8, 2024.
  • Members must be enrolled in the Market Hog Project in 4-HONline by April 15th to be eligible for the Swine MQP Program.

Applications for any of these contests must be received on-line by April 15, 2024. Find more details about MQP and links to each of the application portals here: https://go.osu.edu/mqp

Goat MQP (carcass) Contest – NEW DEADLINE is April 15th

Entries for the 2024 Fairfield County Jr. Fair Goat MQP programs are now being accepted. All MQP entries will be accepted on-line and are due on or before April 15.

Please note that some of the important MQP dates have changed as follows:

  • Goats for the MQP contest must be owned by May 18, 2024 and will be weighed-in on that date at the Fairgrounds. After 99 days on feed the Goat MQP contest will conclude at the Fairgrounds on Sunday, August 25, 2024.
  • Members must be enrolled in the Market Goat Project in 4-HOnline by April 15th to be eligible for the Goat MQP Program.

Applications for any of these contests must be received on-line by April 15, 2024. Find more details about MQP and links to each of the application portals here: https://go.osu.edu/mqp

Homegrown Market Wether Intent Forms: Due May 1st

It’s time to submit those Homegrown Market Wether Intent Forms (due May 1st). Find it here: http://go.osu.edu/homegrownwether

2024 Home Grown Market Wether Intent FormBy completing this form, I plan to raise my own market wether and exhibit it in the Home Grown Market Wether Goat Class at the Fairfield County Fair. I certify that my market wether will be conceived by my doe, born after January 1st and raised at my family residence or an adjoining family residence (i.e. grandparents, aunt/uncle) in Fairfield County.

This form must be submitted by May 1st of the current year, showing the exhibitor’s intent of competing in the Home Grown Market Wether Goat class. It is not a binding contract, as extenuating circumstances (i.e. goat may die, may sell, etc.) may occur. The goat selected to be shown in the Home Grown Market Wether class will be included in the general market classes.

I understand that the wether must be born after January 1st of the current year for the Home Grown Market Wether Goat class. All entries must agree to a Market Goat Committee member entering their barn/housing unit for visual inspection of animals. Failure to do so will lead to immediate disqualification. NOTE: The Goat Committee Members do not have to provide you advance notice of their visit.

Homegrown Market Rabbit Intent Forms: Due May 1st

It’s time to submit those Homegrown Market Rabbit Intent Forms (due May 1st). Find it here: http://go.osu.edu/homegrownrabbit

By completing this form, I plan to raise my own litter of rabbits and exhibit their offspring in the Home Grown Market Rabbit class at the Fairfield County Fair. I certify that my market rabbits will be conceived by my buck(s) and doe(s) and will be born and raised at my home.
This form must be submitted by May 1 of the current year, showing the exhibitor’s intent of competing in the Home Grown Market Rabbit class. It is not a binding contract, as extenuating circumstances (i.e., rabbits may die, may not breed, etc.) may occur. If your doe does not kindle, then you will be able to enter the regular market class and purchase your rabbits.

Identification of potential bucks and does must be listed on this form for it to be accepted. Do not leave these fields blank. Please include all potential doe/buck identifications if you are unsure of which animals will be bred at the time of submitting this form.
I understand the litter must be born after June 20th for the Homegrown Roaster and after July 20th for the Homegrown Fryers. I give a member of the Rabbit Committee or Senior Fair Board permission to inspect the litter after August 10th if they wish to verify that my animals are on my property. NOTE: The Rabbit Committee or Fair Board Members may not give you advance notice of their visit.

4-H Enrollment: Due April 15th!

Hello Parents, Youth and Advisors,

I hope your week is going well! This email serves as a reminder that the 4-HOnline Enrollment deadline is fast approaching, the deadline to enroll to participate in 4-H this year is April 15, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. Enrollments will not be accepted after this date and time. We encourage you to enroll sooner rather than later, in case there may be any issues with your enrollment.

A couple of enrollment reminders:

  1. Individuals who are enrolling in dog projects (excluding 200 All About Dogs) must be enrolled in 201D You and Your Dog, along with any of the other projects they wish. We do recommend that you sign up for all of the dog projects, in case your youth change their minds before the show at the fair. These projects are 201P Performance, 201S Showmanship, and 201O Obedience.
  2. The only projects that Cloverbuds are permitted to be enrolled in are 710GMP Cloverbud Activities and 710HC County-Only Cloverbud Horse Curriculum. If you have a Cloverbud who is enrolling in 710HC, they must also be enrolled in 710GMP.
  3. If you would like to participate in classes at the state fair, they must be enrolled in the project they are planning on taking. For example, if you have a youth who would like to take a market barrow and a breeding gilt to the Ohio State Fair, they must be enrolled in 139 Market Hog Project and Record Book and 140 Swine Breeding Project and Record Book.
  4. MQP Entries will be made in the respective market-animal species. For example, if youth plan on taking a Muscle, Quality and Performance Hog, youth should be enrolled in 139 Market Hog Project and Record Book. Additionally, MQP and Carcass entries also require an application. Applications for any goat, swine, lamb, or beef MQP or carcass programs must be received on-line by April 15, 2024. Find more details about MQP and links to each of the application portals here: https:go.osu.edu/mqp
  5. Enrollments for the new finished Dairy Steer project should be in 117 Beef Project and Record Book.

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the 4-HOnline enrollment process. Please enroll your youth as soon as possible. I will be holding weekend office hours to handle any last-minute 4-HOnline or Enrollment Questions on April 13, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and April 14, 2024, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Attached you will find the instruction guide for enrollment in 4-HOnline.

Thank You!

Haley Black

black.768@osu.edu

740-277-4622

Youth Opportunities at Ohio State Fair – Breaking Boundaries Pig Show

The Ohio Pork Council (OPC) is pleased to announce that we will again be hosting the “Breaking Boundaries Pig Show” at the 2024 Ohio State Fair. This event will be hosted on Friday, July 26 at 5 P.M. in the O’Neill Swine Barn at the Ohio State Fairgrounds.

The goal of this special event is to give participants who have intellectual and/ or developmental disabilities the opportunity to care for and show pigs, which is an opportunity not typically offered at the Ohio State Fair. The show will welcome participants between 9 and 22 years old and are Ohio residents. These participants will be paired with a youth pig exhibitor who will serve as a mentor for them, as well as provide the animal for use in the show.

To give you some more insight on our event, I encourage you to look into some of the highlights of the 2023 show, found here:

OPC would love for you to share our event information with the families that have participated in your local show to help us provide these unique opportunities to a wider range of youth here in Ohio. We would be happy to provide additional resources for you to share including flyers, short write-ups, or attendance at any meetings held to share our opportunity.

For sign up links and further information please see below:

The link to sign up as a participant is: https://forms.gle/WRCVpozCGUhU89ML6

The link to find more information: https://www.ohiopork.org/events/breaking-boundaries/

 

If you have any questions, or would like more information, please let me know!

Thank you,

Kayli Mitchell, Education Director – Ohio Pork Producers Council

T: (614) 882-5887 ext. 4 | M: (740) 396-9377

E: kmitchell@ohiopork.orgwww.ohiopork.org

Youth Opportunity: General Livestock Judging Webinar Series continues with Sheep

The Ohio 4-H Animal Science Design Team Livestock Evaluation webinar series are continuing, and our fourth session is on sheep! These series are being recorded so that if someone is not able to attend, they can review it later.  Each month we will be focusing on a new topic/species in helping youth across the state prepare for various contests available to them.