Wayne County will be hosting their first ever Junior Fair Livestock Judging Contest in the new Event Center on Saturday, September 7, 2019. Individuals or teams may pre-register or register the day of the contest. More information and registration materials can be found here.
Now is the perfect time for members who are planning to sell their livestock projects during the sales at the 2019 Hartford Fair to send out letters to potential buyers. A helpful item to include with your letters is the 2019 Hartford Fair Livestock Sales Brochure. The Sale Brochure gives the dates, times, and locations of the three sales that will occur throughout the week. It also gives information on how the sales work and what to expect as a buyer. This information can be helpful to potential buyers, especially if it is their first time participating in the sales.
The 2019 Hartford Fair 4-H and FFA project skillathon and interview judging schedule can be found here. Please check this schedule for correct dates, times and locations as not all of the information on skillathons in the Hartford Fair Premium book are correct. Please make sure that you know the correct skillathon schedule so that you don’t miss out on an opportunity to participate.
You and your animals have been judged…now BE the judge! Develop and practice your livestock judging skills by placing both breeding and market classes of beef, goat, sheep, and swine at the 4-H Livestock Judging Contest Friday, July 26 during the Ohio State Fair. For more information and study materials, visit: http://www.ohio4h.org/events/ohio-state-fair-4-h-livestock-judging-contest
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
The final Licking County Quality Assurance Training and Horse Safety & Ethics Program will be held on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Licking Valley High School. The program will begin at 6:30pm. If you have not completed your Quality Assurance Training Requirement, this will be your last option to do so in Licking County. There are additional options outside of Licking County that meet the June 1st deadline. If you are not able to come to the May 23rd Quality Assurance, please call our office at 740-670-5315 for out of county options.
Guidelines and a listing of the projects that require completion of a Quality Assurance Training can be found here.
Members taking a horse project for the first year must attend a Horse Safety & Ethics program to be eligible to show. The May 23rd Horse Safety & Ethics program listed above is the final option that meets those requirements for 2019.
If your child is no longer taking a livestock or horse project, please email Adrienne at email@example.com to have the project(s) removed from the member’s enrollment.
If you need to have your picture taken for the Hartford Fair Photo IDs, representatives from the fair will be taking photos from 5:00-6:30pm. They will be starting earlier than normal in order to ensure they are able to get everyone’s picture taken before the program starts. Please come early enough to get your picture taken before the program starts.
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE TO THOSE WHO DON’T COMPLETE THE QUALITY ASSURANCE REQUIREMENTS BY JUNE 1 EACH YEAR.
The Collegiate 4-H Club at OSU-N/COTC will host their second annual Ag Day at the OSU-N/COTC Campus on Tuesday, April 9th from 12:oo-3:00pm. The event will take place in the Warner Library & Student Center Lobby and outside building. The focus of Ag Day is to educate the student body and the public about the agriculture industry and agriculture based careers. We hope you will be able to join us!
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
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!