Updated Swine Resources

Ohio 4-H has updated the Swine Resources pages for the swine resource book. Copies of the pages can be found here. You can print them out and add them to your existing swine resource book to have the updated information. New copies of the swine resource book will include the updated pages.

Final Quality Assurance and Horse Safety & Ethics Training!

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 anderson.1410@osu.edu 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.

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!

2019 OSU Junior Swine Day

The 2019 OSU Junior Swine Day will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 9:00am to 3:00pm at either the Animal Science Building on the OSU Columbus Campus or at OSU ATI Campus in Wooster. This event is a great opportunity for those who are planning to show hogs in 2019. Please click here for an informational flyer and registration materials.

 

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