2019 National ID Information for Goats & Sheep

You may have heard some information about the 2019 Federal Scrapie Regulation Revision.  This revision means goats including slaughter goats and commercial goats that were previously exempted will need to be individually officially identified or group identified with a group lot ID with some exceptions.

Federal requirements:

  • Sexually intact goats of any age and wethers 18 months of age or older, that are not in slaughter channels must be officially individually identified before moving off the premises where they reside or move as a single flock–of–origin group with group/lot ID and an owner/hauler statement to:
  • another premise belonging to the same flock/herd,
  • to an in–state site to be officially identified, or to a federally approved livestock market (in–state or out–of–state) to be officially identified

Informational flyers can for goats and sheep.

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!

Choosing Your Goat Project When Exhibiting at the Hartford Fair & Enrolling in 4hOnline

If you need help deciding in which goat project to enroll in order to show at the Hartford Fair, please reference the Licking County 4-H Goat Projects: Choosing Your Project When Exhibiting at the Hartford Fair & Enrolling in 4-H Online fact sheet online. If you still have questions about which goat project you should enroll in, please contact our office before the April 1st enrollment deadline.

Ohio State Fair Livestock Possession Dates

The following applies to those showing livestock at the Ohio State Fair for 2019…

In order to be more consistent with statewide livestock exhibition ownership rules from the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the Ohio State Fair has modified ownership rules beginning with animals exhibited at the 2019 Ohio State Fair. Specifically, some market animals (swine, lambs, goats and poultry) will have ownership date changes.

To help prepare exhibitors for this change, a list of these modified rules are below. Additional information can be found here.

Market animals – SOME CHANGED FOR 2019 OHIO STATE FAIR

  • Market beef – January 1
  • Market swine – May 26 (changed for 2019)
  • Market lambs – May 26 (changed for 2019)
  • Market goats – May 26 (changed for 2019)
  • Market rabbits – June 1
  • Market poultry – within 5 days of hatch (changed for 2019)

Breeding animals – dates have not changed for 2019:

  • Breeding Beef – May 1
  • Breeding Swine – June 1
  • Breeding Sheep – June 1
  • Breeding Goats – June 1
  • Breeding Poultry – June 1
  • Breeding rabbits – June 1
  • Dairy Cattle – June 1

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

CANCELLED: Pack Goat Walk

Message from Laney McLaughlin, 4-H Goat Resource Person:

Due to the high heat and humidity index, we are cancelling the pack goat walk on June 21 (this Thursday).

Stay tuned for further notices with opportunities for you and your pack goat projects.

We will try and schedule one for mid-July, dependent on the weather.

 

Ohio State Fair Skillathon Facilitators Needed

Facilitators Needed for Ohio State Fair Skillathons: More than 1,300 FFA and 4-H youth participated in nine animal species skillathons last year. We need your help to facilitate the Ohio State Fair skillathons, which include: beef, sheep, swine, dairy, horse, goat, poultry, dog, and rabbit. Please click on the following link and complete the survey to indicate your availability and interest: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eDq6ouGJTxT4qQR

Volunteers (18 years old and not in 4-H or FFA) for the skillathons are responsible for facilitating a station. A station requires youth to perform a series of tasks to test their knowledge about a subject related to the species. Facilitators are not required to have broad experience or knowledge about the species. If you agree to volunteer, we will send a follow-up letter in July with parking and admission passes, as well as additional facilitator information.