Don’t Forget! Achievement Award Forms Due October 15th

Are you at least 14 years of age, or will be 14 years of age by January 1, 2022? Then we have just what you need!

You are now eligible for county, state and national project award recognition, selection to attend 2022 state and national trips, and possibly even the opportunity to apply for scholarships as a high school senior! All of these opportunities are available to YOU – but you have to apply for them! The deadline to apply is Friday, October 15th, and all of the 2021-2022 application materials can be found on our Teen Opportunities page.

REMINDER: Forms Due for Hartford Fair Livestock

Junior Fair Livestock and Equine exhibitors will have online forms that will be due before they bring their animals to the fair. Please note below which forms are required for each species and the deadline for each form. Most species must have their forms completed by 11:59p.m. on Friday, August 6, 2021. The only exception to this is Market Hogs. Market Hogs will complete their forms after the Hartford Fair tag is placed in their hog’s ear on August 7th and before 10:00am on August 8th. Instructions will be displayed throughout the Swine Complex.

DUNF Form: go.osu.edu/2021HartfordDUNF

United Producer’s Feeding Form: go.osu.edu/HartfordProducerForm

Ractopamine Affidavit: go.osu.edu/HartfordHogForm

Hartford Fair 2021 Traffic Pattern

If you are bringing livestock, horses, or dogs to the fairgrounds during livestock move-in on Saturday, August 7th, please review the traffic pattern to ensure that you know where to enter and exit to help keep things organized. You can find the traffic pattern on the last page of the general Hartford Fair information here or below.

Forms Needed from Junior Fair Livestock and Equine Exhibitors

Junior Fair Livestock and Equine exhibitors will have online forms that will be due before they bring their animals to the fair. Please note below which forms are required for each species and the deadline for each form. Most species must have their forms completed by 11:59p.m. on Friday, August 6, 2021. The only exception to this is Market Hogs. Market Hogs will complete their forms after the Hartford Fair tag is placed in their hog’s ear on August 7th and before 10:00am on August 8th. Instructions will be displayed throughout the Swine Complex.

DUNF Form: go.osu.edu/2021HartfordDUNF

United Producer’s Feeding Form: go.osu.edu/HartfordProducerForm

Ractopamine Affidavit: go.osu.edu/HartfordHogForm

If you would like a printable version of this information, please click here.

Junior Fair Market Animal Sale Photos

Please note that sale photos for ALL market animals will take place during each species scheduled weigh-in procedures. Please review the time for your scheduled weigh-in and ensure that your animal is clean and the exhibitor is dressed appropriately. Exhibitors should only have their photo taken with the animal(s) that they have designated for sale (one per department).

4-H Dairy Feeder Steer Project Clinic

We have a new opportunity for dairy feeder steer project members to help them better prepare themselves and their animals for fair. The Licking County 4-H Dairy Feeder Steer Project Clinic will take place on Saturday, July 10, 2021 from 10:00am to Noon in Baird Arena (Sheep Barn) at the Hartford Fairgrounds. With topics on washing and clipping your dairy feeder, showmanship, and safety, there are opportunities for members of all ages and skill levels to learn something new. You can check out all of the topics as well as contact information for the event by going here.

2021 Skillathon Opportunities

Youth exhibitors of both the Ohio State Fair and the Hartford Independent Fair have many opportunities to test their knowledge during the Livestock Skillathon Contests this year. Exhibitors will have the opportunity to compete in both virtual and in-person skillathons at the Ohio State Fair. The skillathon contests for the Hartford Fair will return to the normal, in-person format as it has been in the past.

Information for the Ohio State Fair Youth Livestock Skillathons can be found at: https://ohio4h.org/animalsciences/ohio-youth-skillathons. Please pay special attention to the deadlines and schedules of both the virtual and in-person contests. These skillathons are open to all 4-H project age members and FFA members.

A few important notes:

  • Those exhibiting at Ohio State Fair who want to be eligible for Outstanding Market Exhibitor (OME) awards MUST participate at the IN-PERSON skillathons at the state fair
  • Those exhibiting at Ohio State Fair who want to be eligible for Outstanding Breeding Exhibitor (OBE) awards MUST participate in the VIRTUAL skillathons online

Information for the Hartford Fair 4-H and FFA Project Skillathons can be found here. Project skillathons will be held in-person during the times listed in the document. All exhibitors are encouraged to participate.

REMINDER: Dairy Feeder Weigh-In

Dairy Feeder weigh-in will take place on Saturday, June 5, 2021 from 9:00am to noon at the Hartford Fairgrounds at the west end of Grubb Arena. The cost is $10 per animal and includes tagging and vaccinations. Please enter through Gate D and then drive straight through the Hondros Family Beef Barn. You will then unload in front of Grubb arena to be weighed, tagged, and vaccinated. You will then reload your animal(s) and proceed out Gate C. Please note: all calves must be dehorned / castrated prior to June 5th in order to be tagged.

REMINDER: Quality Assurance Deadline

Licking County Livestock Project Members (beef | dairy | dairy feeder | goat | poultry | rabbit | sheep | swine)… If you have not already done so, please be sure to complete your Quality Assurance requirement by June 1st! Members who have not completed either the virtual quality assurance training offered through Licking County 4-H, a state or other county training, or the YQCA online module have received multiple emails with instructions to complete the training. The deadline is JUNE 1ST and if not completed, those members will not be eligible to exhibit their livestock project(s) at the Hartford Independent Fair or the Ohio State Fair. Please be sure to complete the training by visiting: http://yqca.org.

Instructions on how to complete the YQCA training can be online HERE.

REMINDER: Please Sign Up for a Quality Assurance Training

IF YOU ARE AN EXHIBITOR OF ONE OF THE PROJECTS BELOW AND YOU HAVE NOT SIGNED UP FOR A QUALITY ASSURANCE TRAINING, PLEASE DO SO RIGHT AWAY!

Licking County 4-H / FFA Livestock Project Members…

(beef | dairy | dairy feeder | goat | poultry | rabbit | sheep | swine)

BACKGROUND: All members in the above-listed projects are required to complete a Livestock Quality Assurance (QA) training on an annual basis in order to exhibit in Junior Fair programs such as the Hartford Fair and Ohio State Fair. You will find details below allowing you to complete the QA requirement for 2021. As a reminder, this requirement pertains to all livestock project members, as well as at least one Club Advisor from each club containing a member enrolled in livestock projects.

As you plan to complete your QA requirement in 2021, you’ve got TWO primary options!

  • Attend an online QA training offered by Licking County Extension Office
  • Participate in the YQCA national training program online
  • …or you may have tested out last year (ages 15-18, passed test), which covers your requirement for this year.
  • …or you may have obtained your training through an OCA BEST Show, Ohio Beef Expo, or other training external to Licking County, offered since October 2020, that meets your requirement for this year.

LICKING COUNTY ONLINE TRAINING REGISTRATION…

To sign-up for one of the online trainings offered in Licking County, simply go to https://go.osu.edu/QASignUp2021, and complete the registration form, at which time you’ll choose your preferred session. Please notice that all sessions are species-specific, and all but two sessions are offered in the evening. Make your selection carefully… Sessions will fill to a capacity of 50 families on a first-come, first-served basis. You’ll receive an email confirmation right away (within 1-2 minutes), then the zoom link and handouts will come approximately 24 hours in advance of your training. If you DON’T RECEIVE THE CONFIRMATION, reach out to Lisa (mccutcheon.46@osu.edu) right away – either your email address is blocking our emails OR you typed your email address incorrectly. You can view complete information pertaining to Quality Assurance requirements for 2021, as well as the complete list of dates, online at https://licking.osu.edu/sites/licking/files/imce/Program_Pages/4H/QualityAssurance/2021%20Hartford%20Fair%20QA%20Guidelines.pdf.

YQCA ONLINE TRAINING….

Online training is available through the Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) web-based program. The program is typically offered at a cost of $12 per youth member. You can find additional details online at https://yqca.org. You must first purchase a Coupon Code (registration fee) to complete the training. You’ll find those instructions behind the “Buy Coupon” tab, at the bottom of the page, in a downloadable form. You can submit the order form by email or mail – but don’t wait until the last minute to choose this option, as the payment process takes a little time. Once you have the Coupon Code, you can log in to the YQCA system, and complete the appropriate training modules. All 4-H members will use their 4honline username and password to login, while those who are FFA members will login through s separate link on  the same login page.  Upon completion of certification, you need to email mccutcheon.46@osu.edu to notify Lisa that you have completed the training (We would also suggest notifying your 4-H / FFA Advisor). We will them remove you from the list of those who still need to complete QA training for the 2021 project / fair year. This online certification is a great option for many of you who wish to go ahead and get your training out of the way early. (Note: YQCA is not intended for use by adult 4-H / FFA advisors).

TEST OUT…

If you tested out in 2021 as a age 15-18 member, we have record of your test and you will automatically receive credit for this year.

EXTERNAL TRAINING…

If you attended a training outside of Licking County, we’d encourage you to pass along proof of attendance to mccutcheon.46@osu.edu, to ensure that you receive credit. Most training hosts will share attendance records, but there’s always a chance that they do not. By you sharing your proof of attendance, it ensures that you receive the appropriate credit.