Rabbit and Poultry Hartford Independent Fair Registrations

Important Dates:

Senior Breeding Rabbit Registration

Market Turkeys, Layers and Fancy Poultry Banding:

First Saturday in May

May 4, 2019

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Rabbit and Poultry Barn

Junior Breeding and Market Rabbit Registration

Market Poultry Banding:

2nd Saturday in July

July 13, 2019

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Rabbit and Poultry Barn

The Licking County Rabbit and Poultry Committee will have individuals available to Tattoo rabbits $1.00 per animal and band/blood test poultry $1.00 per project.

ALL rabbit or poultry projects to be exhibited are required to be brought to the fairgrounds by the exhibitor or a representative for the exhibitor on the designated date above.

NEW Process for Scheduling Conflicts:

If the Exhibitor or a representative for them is UNABLE to bring their project to the appropriate registration; the Exhibitor is required to send an email to rabbitpoultry@hartfordfair.com. The email notice must be received by end of business day the day prior to registration. The email must contain the exhibitor’s name, 4-H Club, phone number and project information. Emails regarding projects received the day of registration or after are not eligible.

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 Ohio State Fair Rabbit Quiz Bowl Contest Information Meeting

A meeting will be held for the 2019 Ohio State Fair Rabbit Quiz Bowl Contest on Thursday January 31st at 6:00pm at the Licking County Extension Office. This is a wonderful opportunity for all 4-H members who participate in any of the rabbit projects. Each county in Ohio can have up to four teams participate (2 Junior teams / 2 Senior teams), with each team consisting of three to five members. At this informational meeting, we will be discussing the rules, what is expected of the participants, and the materials used in this contest. More information can be found here.

Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease virus 2 Information

Attention Rabbit Owners:
As you may be aware, the Ohio Department of Agriculture has confirmed the first case of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease virus 2 (RHD2) in the U.S. in Medina County, Ohio on September 19, 2018. Authorities are investigating domestic and wild populations in the area.
Whether or not your area is impacted, rabbit owners can benefit from implementing bio-security measures on farm and at home to prevent inadvertent transmission of any illness that could impact the well-being of pets and livestock.

More information can be found here: Rabbit RHD notice OCT 2018

2018 Market Rabbit, Breeding Rabbit and Market Poultry Tattooing/Banding

Market Rabbit Tattooing
July 14, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Rabbit and Poultry Barn – Hartford Fairgrounds
Fee: $1 per animal

Jr Breeding Rabbit Tattooing
July 14, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Rabbit and Poultry Barn – Hartford Fairgrounds
Fee: $1 per animal

Meat Poultry (Except Turkeys) Banding
July 14, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Rabbit and Poultry Barn – Hartford Fairgrounds
Fee: $1 per animal

 

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

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.