2023 Livestock Quality Assurance

Tuesday, April 11No photo description available.

6:00-7:00pm Archbold High School Lecture Hall (do not need to pre-register)

Wednesday, April 19

3:30 – 4:30pm Fayette High School (do not need to pre-register)

Thursday, May 11

7:30 – 8:30pm Pettisville Junior High Gym (do not need to pre-register)

Thursday, May 18

6:30-7:30pm OSU Extension Office (need to pre-register at go.osu.edu/nwohioqa2023)


Additional neighboring county dates and info can be found at go.osu.edu/nwohioqa2023. All of these sessions will be accepted as QA certification, some are in-person, some are virtual. IF YOU ATTEND QA OUT-OF-COUNTY, IT IS THE EXHIBITOR’S RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE THEIR CERTIFICATE TURNED IN NO LATER THAN JUNE 1, 2023 TO THE FULTON COUNTY OSU EXTENSION OFFICE.

QA requirements can also be completed through your community club, if eligible.

Quality Assurance – It is MANDATORY for ALL Fulton County Junior Fair animal exhibitors (including breeding animals) to attend Quality Assurance class each year. If you do not attend a QA session, you are ineligible to exhibit at the Fulton County Fair. This is a mandate of the Fulton County 4-H Council. The Ohio Department of Agriculture minimum standards are in-person instruction on three pre-determined Good Production Practices with an interactive activity. The instruction is to last at minimum one hour and is to be repeated annually. QA classes are listed below. If you intend to complete QA at a state 4-H livestock clinic, check with the Fulton County 4-H Educator if it will quality for QA credit in the county. Mandatory sessions are for new and returning 4-H/FFA animal project members wanting to exhibit any animal at the fair.

All 4-H Quality Assurance trainings must be completed by June 1st. Quality Assurance Sessions will only be held at club meetings if a club advisor received QA Assistant Instructor Certification by completing training for the current year.

Horse QA will be conducted online through EquiSTEP (found here), by each individual exhibitor, in accordance with Ohio Horse 4-H curriculum. Horse QA only allows youth to show horses at the fair. It will not certify you for other fair animals. June 1st deadline.

Dog project members have two options to certify for quality assurance. 1) attend one of the Quality Assurance Sessions listed above; 2) view the videos shown at the annual Dog Kick Off event on April 20; or 3) check out and view “Safety Around Dogs” video. Dog Quality Assurance only allows for youth to show dogs at the fair. It will not certify you for other fair animals. June 1st deadline.

REMINDER: Quality assurance is not required for youth taking pet care projects such as guinea pigs, cats, mice, gerbils, hamsters, rats, chinchillas, ferrets, hedgehogs, and pet rabbits. These animals do not exhibit at the fair.

We’re HIRING! Apply today as a 4-H Summer Student Assistant

We are HIRING!!!

The Fulton County Extension Office has an opening for a Summer Student Assistant that will provide support to the 4-H Youth Development Program – join our team!!

The 4-H Summer Assistant will work under the direction of the 4-H Youth Development Program to provide support to a comprehensive positive youth development program.  The 4-H Summer Assistant will accomplish this through support and leadership.  Duties for this position include: preparing for and helping with 4-H project judging at the county level; Assisting with Fulton County 4-H Camp; Providing assistance to the 4-H Youth Development Educator with the Fulton County Fair and all components of pre-fair activity such as: assisting with Jr. Fair Entries, pre-fair communications, livestock skillathon materials, and other fair duties as assigned. This position may also assist the Ag/NR and Family Consumer Sciences Extension program areas in Fulton County.


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Buckeye Young Shepherds Expo

What are you doing April 22? Get yourself to Columbus for the first-ever Buckeye Young Shepherds’ Expo! Exciting, hands-on sessions around a variety of sheep and lamb topics. Complete your Quality Assurance requirements, take a look at a real lamb carcass and the cuts of meat, work on your ear tagging/tail docking/injection skills, and learn about careers in the livestock industry. Plus, visit with old friends and make new ones! The cost is $15 for kids and adults, which includes lunch. Youth participants receive a FREE t-shirt. Register by April 8 at http://ohiosheep.org/lead-buckeyeyoungshepherdsexpo.html Registration will be capped at 200 participants, so register early!

The 4th “H” of 4-H

We pledge our “health to better living” but do we actually practice it? The 4th H Club Challenge encourages Ohio 4-H Clubs to learn, practice, and advocate for healthy choices and behaviors at 4-H club meetings. Practicing healthy habits and choices now has lifelong effects on the health of youth.


Each club that completesthe challenge before the deadline will enter into the $100 voucher drawing for their region to use for their club (project books, educational tools, etc.)! Each region will have a winner. The first 25 clubs that complete the registration and pre-survey will get an extra entry. How does it work? Apply 3 healthy practices per meeting at 6 or more 4-H clubs/meetings from April – December 2023.

  1. Register and complete pre-survey.
  2. Record the dates and activities in the 4th H tracker link. (the tracker link will be provided after registering)
  3. Share a picture of your club doing a healthy practice on social media. Be sure to include the official hashtag #Ohio4thHClubChallenge.
  4. Submit all activities to the tracker link by December 31st, 2023.

More information can be found at https://go.osu.edu/4thHClubChallenge.

All About Poultry Zoom Webinars

Webinar links and details below:

Poultry Health
Wednesday, April 26th:
https://osu.zoom.us/j/98164067948?pwd=OWdqQ2dhTk95MDdwNzBZOW51Mzhjdz09(Password: 682120)
Protecting animal health at home and at the fair, common disease ID, and more!

Poultry Nutrition
Thursday, May 4th: 
https://osu.zoom.us/j/92999680333?pwd=b2dyK0h3S1ljK2RkQlFHWmlaM1FzZz09(Password: 870670)
Nutrition best practices, how nutrition impacts meat quality

Poultry Handling and Welfare
Monday, May 15th:
https://osu.zoom.us/j/97491993463?pwd=bWVLNTZ5MVRDaUZDTCtZN1lzdzJUUT09(Password: 231076)
Animal handling and welfare at home and at the fair, impact of handling and stress on meat quality

2023 Dairy Palooza

Don’t forget to get in your Dairy Palooza registrations so we can assure everyone of their souvenir t-shirt. The form and information is on the Ohio 4-H Dairy Palooza Facebook Page or contact Bonnie Ayars (ayars.5@osu.edu)
We are anxiously awaiting your response and attendance for the 2023 version of Palooza. Remember there is QA training available and many dairy related workshop sessions. All takes place at the Wayne County Fairgrounds Coliseum on April 22.
If you’re searching for Dairy-related resources, check out the OSU Site on Dairy Cattle: https://ohio4h.org/statewide-programs/animal-sciences/dairy/dairy-publications-resources