Ohio State Fair – Additional Beef Division

The Beef Department has added an Crossbred Breeding Heifer Division, and will show in the 2nd session.

Arrival – Friday, July 26

Show – Sunday, July 28

Released – Sunday, July 28

These animals will be eligible for the Overall Top 5 Heifers during the Final Drive on Saturday, August 3 at the state fair.

Crossbred breeding heifers must be owned by May 1 and will be verified by their 15 digit 840 RFID tag number and DNA submission to the Ohio State Fair by May 1, 2019.   Must be born after January 1, 2018, and make entries into the state fair by June 1.

DNA kits may be requested by email only from Stacey French, s.french@expo.ohio.gov  and must be submitted to Stacey French, Agriculture Department –  Crossbred Heifer DNA, 717 East 17th Avenue, Columbus OH  43211, by May 1.

If anyone wants to pick up and/or drop off DNA kit, contact Stacey French by email first, stating request, and when they want to come and pick up and/or drop off.

Quality Assurance and Horse Safety & Ethics Programs Start This Week!

The first of several Quality Assurance and Horse Safety & Ethics training opportunities will begin this week. If your youth are planning to enroll in a livestock project or a horse project, please make plans to attend one of these sessions. A full list of guidelines and dates can be found here.

Members enrolled in the following projects MUST attend a Quality Assurance Training prior to June 1, 2019 to be eligible to show at the Hartford and Ohio State Fairs.

BEEF: Market Steer, Market Heifer, Beef Breeding, Beef Feeder Calf, Dairy Market Steers, Steer Pool

DAIRY: Dairy Cows, Dairy Heifers

GOATS: Angora Goats, Pygmy Goats, Dairy Goats, Market Goats, Pack Goats

POULTRY: Meat Poultry, Breeding Poultry, Fancy Poultry

RABBITS: Breeding Rabbits, Market Rabbits (encouraged for Pet Rabbit Projects)

SHEEP: Market Lamb, Breeding Sheep

SWINE: Market Hog

 

Members taking an EQUINE project for the first time in 2019 must attend a Horse Safety & Ethics Training. A parent is required to attend with the member.

 

Licking County 4-H/FFA Sessions will be held as follows…

March 13th (Wednesday) – OSU-N/COTC – Founder’s Hall (6:30 p.m.)

April 9th (Tuesday) – Northridge High School (6:30 p.m.)

April 25th (Thursday) – Johnstown High School (6:30 p.m.)

May 6th (Monday) – Utica High School (6:30 p.m.)

May 11th (Saturday) – OSU-N/COTC – Founder’s Hall (6:30 p.m.)

May 23rd (Thursday) – Licking Valley High School (6:30 p.m.)

 

Additional Licking County Opportunities…

April (TBA) (Saturday) – Rabbit & Poultry QA – Location TBA – (following Rabbit & Poultry Fun Show)

 

Other Approved Activities and Training Programs…

Knox County Quality Assurance Training Programs (Contact #740.397.0401 for program details) March 7 (East Knox H.S.) / April 4 (Centerburg H.S.) / April 15 (Fredericktown H.S.) / May 9 (Mt. Vernon H.S.) / May 16 (Danville H.S.) – all programs take place 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

 

Delaware County Quality Assurance Training Program (Contact #740.833.2030 for program details) April 11 (6:30 p.m. Big Walnut H.S.) / April 14 – Rabbit Focus (2p.m. Merchant Bldg. Delaware Fairgrounds) / May 5 – Poultry Focus (2 p.m. Merchant Bldg. Delaware Fairgrounds) / May 8 (6:30p.m. Buckeye Valley H. S.) / June 1 – Sheep & Goat Focus (10 a.m. Pig /Lamb Barn Delaware Fairgrounds)

*Please Note: Delaware is also offering session on June 8 – this one does NOT meet Hartford QA deadline of June 1st.

 

Ohio Beef Expo – Beef Quality Assurance Training – March 15 (Friday) – Ohio Expo Center

Showring Excellence Seminar – April 13 (Saturday 9am – 4pm) – Hartford Fairgrounds

 

2019 Granville Milling Co. Showring Excellence Seminar

Granville Milling Company will again be hosting their Showring Excellence Seminar at the Hartford Fairgrounds on Saturday, April 13, 2019. The program will run from 9:00am to 4:00pm. The day includes presentations on a variety of livestock subjects from experts from across the country, Quality Assurance training, live demos, a delicious lunch and door prizes! This opportunity is free to attendees, but you must RSVP by calling 740.587.0221 or visiting the Granville Milling Company website. For more information and a full list of presenters, click here. We hope you will take advantage of the great opportunity!

IMPORTANT UPDATE: 2019 Steer/Heifer Weigh-in Update

Market Steer / Heifer Weigh-In will be held, as scheduled, on Saturday, January 19th at the Hartford Fairgrounds. HOWEVER, weigh-in will get underway at 8:00 a.m. (rather than 9:00 a.m.) in hopes of getting through the calves more quickly, and having everyone headed home prior to the bulk of the snow arriving. While we realize that the snow is scheduled to begin around 8:00 a.m. (by current forecasts), the likelihood of ice accumulations in the morning have been greatly downgraded.

Should the storm system change drastically prior to 7:00 a.m. in the morning, making it necessary to postpone the weigh-in, announcement will be made on the Hartford Fair Facebook page, Hartford Fair website calendar, and the Licking County 4-H Program Facebook page. These media options have been chosen due to the fact that the announcement can be posted quickly and reach many people… Keep in mind that if it were to become necessary to postpone, weigh-in would be held on Saturday, January 26th. Realizing that this conflicts with some exhibitors participating in an OCA BEST show, we would make arrangements to weigh those BEST steers at a designated alternative date/time. We hope that this won’t be needed…

Again, we’re moving ahead with plans for tomorrow, but will start an hour earlier…

Be safe and travel carefully as you are out an about this weekend!

2019 Hartford Fair Market Steer / Heifer Weigh-In

Hartford Fair Market Steer / Heifer Weigh-In will take place on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Grubb Arena on the Hartford Fairgrounds in Croton. Weigh-in will get underway at 9:00 a.m., and will conclude at noon.

Transportation instructions are as follows:

All trailers are asked to enter the fairgrounds through GATE C, proceed East toward Grubb Arena, circle Grubb on the SOUTH side (between Grubb and Horse Arena), pass behind the Sheep and Goat Barns to the East, and turn left to drive West – passing Grubb Arena on the North side. Trailers will then stop in front of Grubb to unload and load, then exit the fairgrounds through GATE C.

Licking County Cattlemen’s Association Queen & Princess of Beef Application and Scholarship Application

The 2019 Licking County Cattlemen’s Association Queen and Princess of Beef application is now available here. The application is due by February 1, 2019. All rules and requirements can be found within the application.

 

The 2019 Licking County Cattlemen’s Scholarship is also available here and is due on February 1, 2019.

2019 Hartford Fair Steer/Heifer Weigh-in Schedule & Procedures

All steers and heifers (including Delaware, Knox & Licking Counties) that may be exhibited during the 2019 Hartford Junior Fair Market Steer & Heifer show must be marked by ear tag and tattoo on SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2019, at the Hartford fairgrounds (Grubb Arena – West End) between 9 a.m. and noon. Up to four (4) steers or heifers can be tagged for the Hartford Fair per exhibitor.

Tagging fee is $1.00 per tagged animal. Exhibitors must complete a registration card for each animal, which requires the exhibitor’s signature. If the exhibitor will be unable to attend weigh-in procedures, please stop by the Licking County Extension Office and pick up the registration card(s) to be signed by exhibitor in advance.

OSF Junior Fair Market Steer / Heifer DNA samples will NOT be collected during Hartford Fair Steer / Heifer Weigh-In. OSF DNA samples must be submitted by the exhibitor directly to the OSF by no later than January 15th. For additional information, contact Lisa McCutcheon at mccutcheon.46@osu.edu. DNA sample packets are available by contacting the Ohio State Fair directly, or your local Extension office may have some available. See attachment for additional details.

Questions? Give us a call at 740-670-5315. In case of inclement weather conditions, listen to WCLT-AM, WHTH-AM, or visit www.licking.osu.edu for an announcement. Announcement will also be made on the Hartford Fair and Licking County 4-H Facebook pages. Make-up date, if necessary, will be Saturday, January 26, 2019.

2019 Hartford Fair Steer Pool

If you are interested in participating in the 2019 Hartford Fair Steer Pool, there is an informational meeting that will be held on Monday, September 17, 2018 at New Covenant Community Church in Johnstown. Please find more information below as well as at: http://steerpool.com/

2019 Steer Pool flyer can be found at: http://steerpool.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/2019-Hartford-Fair-Steer-Pool-flyer.pdf

Ohio State Fair Skillathon Opportunities

4-H and FFA youth can show what they know about 9 different animal species through 10 skillathon events during the Ohio State Fair (see the schedule below). Skillathons are free, registration is the day of the event (an adult must accompany the youth), youth can come anytime between the hours listed, and youth do not have to be a state fair exhibitor or be enrolled in an animal project in order to complete. Youth vying for the Outstanding Market Exhibitor (OME) award for goat, sheep, poultry, swine, and beef must participate in the Skillathon, showmanship, and live animal show in order to qualify. Rules, study resources (including the station topics for each species), and other information are available at: go.osu.edu/osfskillathons

Friday, 7/20 from Noon-5:00pm GOAT SKILLATHON Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
Tuesday, 7/24 from 9:00am-2:00pm SHEEP SKILLATHON Brown Arena Wool Room
Wednesday, 7/25 from 9:00am-2:00pm HORSE SKILLATHON Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
Thursday, 7/26 from 3:00-6:30pm DAIRY SKILLATHON 1 Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
Tuesday, 7/31 from 9:00am-3:00pm DOG SKILLATHON Buckeye Sports Center (north end)
Wednesday, 8/1 from 1:30-5:00pm DAIRY SKILLATHON 2 Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
Wednesday, 8/1 from 4:00-7:30pm POULTRY SKILLATHON Rabbit/Poultry Pavilion
Thursday, 8/2 from 8:00am-1:00pm SWINE SKILLATHON Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
Thursday, 8/2 from 4:00-7:00pm BEEF SKILLATHON Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)
Friday, 8/3 from 8am-Noon RABBIT SKILLATHON Rabbit/Poultry Pavilion