Ohio State Fair Market Beef DNA Sample Collection

The Ohio State Fair requires all market beef entered in the 2017 Ohio State Fair to have individual DNA samples taken from each animal that may potentially be entered. These DNA samples must be in the possession of the Ohio State Fair by January 15, 2017.

Click here for a document containing sample collection instructions: final-dna-sample-collection-instructions-2017. Those of you who are not familiar with last year’s procedures may have several questions, but hopefully by having these instructions now will give you a heads up on the requirements. Therefore, please read the attached instructions that will be a part of each sample collection kit and contact Stacey French, Agricultural Department at the Ohio State Fair, if you have any questions. Stacey’s phone number is 614.644.4049 and email is s.french@expo.state.oh.us.

DNA sample collection kits may be picked up either by 4-H professionals, FFA advisors, or the actual individual directly from Stacey French on the OSF fairgrounds. Prior to submission, the nomination envelope for each sample kit remitted must be signed by either the 4-H professional or FFA advisor, depending in which organization the youth is taking the market animal(s).

Also note that those showing at any of the BEST sanctioned shows must have EID tags in their calves prior to the first show in which they exhibit. BEST shows prior to the January 15 deadline to submit samples to OSF include: Heart of It All, November 26-27, Lima; AGR Holiday Classic, December 10-11, Columbus; and Scarlet & Gray Midwest Showdown, January 7-8, Columbus.

Attention Beef Exhibitors: Attend the Fairfield County Cattlemen’s Banquet on 3/26/2016

Plan now to attend the 28th annual Fairfield County Cattleman’s Association banquet and annual meeting on Saturday, March 26 in the Fairfield County Ag Center (831 College Avenue, Lancaster). Price is $10 for adults; $8 for children under the age of 10, and ALL 2015 Fairfield County Junior Fair beef and dairy beef exhibitors are invited to attend for free! RSVP is required. For more information, visit: http://u.osu.edu/fcca/2016/03/12/28th-annual-fairfield-county-cattlemans-association-banquet-2/ 


Heritage Show Ring Success Seminar on 4/23/2016 in Madison County

Join us for a FREE educational event! Event focus will be on show lambs, pigs, feeder calves, goats and poultry. Topics will be nutrition/selection, daily care, showmanship and show day prep/fitting. 

AWESOME PRIZES (Prizes will be rewarded at the end of the event)

  • GRAND PRIZE: Brechbuhler Digital Scales
  • 2nd PRIZE: Weaver Hanging Showbox
  • 3rd PRIZE: Honor® Show Chow® feed for the show season
  • 4th PRIZE: Callaway Shavings for the show season

Quality Assurance will be offered.

The Heritage Show Trailer will be on site with Weaver Show Supplies specials! Lunch will be served at the event.

Join us to learn about the new products from Weaver and Honor® Show Chow® for this year’s show season!


  • Mike Harbour – Sheep
  • Kent Bennington – Swine
  • Opie Campbell – Feeder Calves
  • Austin Chandler – Goat
  • John Reed – Poultry


8 a.m. – Registration

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Seminars

Quality Assurance to follow program

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We look forward to seeing there!

Heritage Cooperative Show Supply

Show Stock U – Coming to Adams County 4/2/2016

Caleb Grooms with Cherry Fork Farm Supply in Adams County would like to invite you to Show Stock U. Show Stock U will be conducted by Sullivan Supply. Participants are to bring a calf with them and take part in demonstrations on daily calf care, showmanship, fitting, clipping and a mock show. The event is FREE to participate, lunch will be provided and awards will be handed out, all complements of Sullivan Supply and Cherry Fork Farm Supply. It will be held at the Adams County Fairgrounds on April 2, 2016.

Please find the attached documents highlighting the event. We ask that you share this information (either flyer) with youth you work with that might be interested. This is a unique opportunity that is known nationwide in the show calf business. Thank you for your time and assistance in helping reach out to those interested. – Caleb Grooms, Cherry Fork Farm Supply (513) 260-7453

Beef Quality Assurance Certification


Enjoy Free, Online Certification!

Through April 15th, all qualifying states can achieve Beef Quality Assurance certification for free through the BQA program offered by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.  See if your state qualifies using the search box at http://www.bqa.org/certification.

Youth Beef Industry Day

Ohio youth and their families are invited to attend Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and Weaver Leather Youth Beef Industry Day on March 6, 2016 from 8:00 am – 4:00 p.m. at the Eby Arena on the Madison County Fairgrounds, London, Ohio. Morning sessions will include a showmanship and daily care demonstration by Kirk Stierwalt. Additional age appropriate sessions will include:

  • Carcass Quality
  • Leadership
  • Careers
  • Cattlemen at the Capital – OCA Policy Update
  • Beef Quality Assurance

Lunch will be provided. Youth Beef Industry Day is open to all beef industry youth. Family participation is encouraged. For a registration form and further information, please visit http://www.ohiocattle.org/Youth/youth-beef-industry-day.

Quality Assurance – Assistant Instructor Training

Quality Assurance training will remain in the clubs/chapters again this year. Advisors need to attend a training session to be up to date on the Good Production Practices (GPPs) being covered for 2016. We are looking for interested “teachers” to be trained and certified to educate livestock exhibitors on the required GPP’s. If interested, adult volunteers must RSVP to attend a training to become a certified Assistant Instructor for 2016. Contact Leslie Cooksey at cooksey.25@osu.edu or 740-652-7260 to RSVP so that materials can be prepared for each training.

Training dates for Assistant Instructors are:

Monday, February 29th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Rickett’s Hall at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds

Monday, March 21st from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Rickett’s Hall at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds

*Please indicate which training you plan to come to when submitting your RSVP!

2016 Junior Fair Beef News and Tagging Information

Market steer and heifer weigh-in and tagging will take place on Saturday, March 5, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Fairfield Cattle Company on Bowen Road in Canal Winchester. Exhibitors who plan to show a market steer or market heifer in the 2016 Fairfield County Junior Beef Show must have their animals weighed in, tagged (with both visual and EID tags), and nose printed.

All beef exhibitors are required to complete a housing form for all beef animals by the designated possession date, or in the case of market beef, by the tag-in date. These forms will be maintained in the Senior Fair Board office. The Housing Form is now required for each beef animal that each youth maintains for their project and can be found at this link. Every exhibitor must submit a completed form at weigh-in on the 5th.

Additional updates to 2016 Fairfield County Junior Fair Beef Rules can be found in the Junior Fair Beef Newsletter.

For more information on this event, visit: http://fairfield.osu.edu/events/market-steerheifer-weigh