Attention Youth Interested in Sheep!

The Ohio Cheviot Breeders Association (OCBA) is seeking applicants for the Jim Cluff Memorial Starter Flock Award.
The OCBA started the contest in 1994 to award a starter flock to an Ohio youth of up to 17 years of age. The purpose of the award is to introduce the youth to the enjoyment of raising and owning a purebred Cheviot sheep, as well as encouraging the growth of new Cheviot breeders in Ohio.
The contest winner will receive the following: a one year membership in the (OCBA), one bred ewe the first year, one ram the second year and in the third year the youth will donate a lamb to continue the award.
The application deadline is September 30, 2016. For an application and contest rules please contact Bob Hunter at (614)483-3202 or at

Ohio State Fair Skillathon Updates

The following Ohio State Fair animal event rules are now posted on the Ohio 4-H website:

Posted on the Ohio State Fair Skillathon Home page:

Ohio State Fair Skillathon Rules

  • The Dog Skillathon is one day only – Tuesday, August 2
  • There are time changes for the following skillathons: Goat, Sheep, Dog and Poultry
  • Skillathon Excellence Awards are new this year – a great opportunity for youth!

Ohio State Fair Skillathons are open to any 4-H members. You do not need to be exhibiting an animal at the Ohio State Fair to participate in skillathons. For more information, contact Leslie Cooksey at

New Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarship – Due 6/30/2016

A new memorial scholarship has been set up to be administered through the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation. The scholarship is in honor of Dr. John (Jack) Judy, who died in April 2015. One $1,500 scholarship will be awarded annually to a second-year college student who is either a member, or whose parents are members of the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association. Applications for the Dr. Jack Judy Memorial Scholarship are due June 30.

Also, don’t forget that March 31 is the deadline for these scholarships: Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Scholar, Women’s Leadership in Agriculture Scholarship Program, Darwin Bryan Scholarship Fund and Cindy Hollingshead Scholarship Fund.

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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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 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 Youth Conservationist Program (For those interested in sheep)

Youth interested in applying for the 2016 Youth Conservationist Program:

  • Must be between 9 and 18 years old.
  • Submit an application postmarked by April 1, 2016 that includes: An essay which introduces you, your experience with animals, if for any reason, the animal is not being kept at your own home, explain, in detail where it will reside and what exactly your responsibilities will be, your essay should explain your interest in sheep, and answers the question: “Why I would like to help preserve a heritage breed of sheep.”
  • Each applicant must include a letter of recommendation from their 4-H advisor, FFA advisor, veterinarian, teacher or clergy.
  • The total application/essay should be no more than 2 pages in length.
  • The applicant should indicate if they wish to be considered for a particular breed or for any of the breeds available.
  • The application must include address, phone and if available, email address. Interested young people should contact Elaine for an updated list of breeds available, and then submit their letter of application/essay to Elaine Ashcraft, 46118 CR 58 Coshocton, OH 43812; 740.622.1573


Requirements if selected:

  • Must be present to receive the ewe at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival on Sunday, May 8, 2016.
  • Must exhibit the ewe at least twice in 2016 at: 1) a county fair or local sheep show and 2) the State Fair in the state where the recipient lives.
  • Must breed the ewe to a registered ram (of her breed) in the fall of 2016, should consult the donor breeder for their recommendations.
  • Must either use the ewe’s fleece to personally make a wool item or sell the fleece to a spinner, felter or weaver.
  • Must submit an article the following Feb/Mar to their local newspaper covering their year and including information concerning the next year’s YCP program.
  • Must submit a one to two page report, with pictures, to the Donor Breeder by April 30, 2016 and provide a scrapbook to be used at the Maryland Festival which is then given back to the youth.

Any questions please contact Elaine Ashcraft 46118 CR 58 Coshocton, Ohio 43812; 740.622.1573;

Donors choose the recipients from the essays submitted by the youth.