Livestock Project Survey

If you are completing a livestock project for 4-H or FFA this year, you will need to complete the Livestock Project Survey, which is linked below.  This survey will help us to build our add-on list as well as help to identify how many animals we will be expecting for the packers.  This survey will need to be completed by Sunday, May 24th at 11:50 pm.  If you have decided to drop any of your projects for the year and have not already contacted Michael, please do so.  The best way to take care of this is by e-mailing

Livestock Project Survey


2020 Paulding County Junior Fair Contingency Plan Update

Please join Dan Howell, Tony Miller, and Michael Schweinsberg on Thursday, May 14th at 7:00 pm to learn about the 2020 Paulding County Junior Fair contingency plans for all livestock projects.  This update will be recorded for anyone not able to attend the meeting on Thursday.  The link for the meeting is below.

Michael Schweinsberg is inviting you to a scheduled CarmenZoom meeting.

Topic: Thursday, May 14th Paulding County Junior Fair Update
Time: May 14, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Password: 301687

One tap mobile
+16513728299,,99444801669# US (St. Paul)
+13017158592,,99444801669# US (Germantown)

Dial in by phone
+1 646 876 9923

Meeting ID: 994 4480 1669
Password: 301687

The Ohio State University

CarmenZoom is supported by the Office of Distance Education and eLearning:

CarmenZoom resources
Phone: 614-688-HELP (4357)

If you have a disability and experience difficulty accessing this content, contact the Accessibility Help Line at 614-292-5000 or Text Telephone for the Deaf at 614-688-8743.

Announcement About the 2020 Paulding County Junior Fair

Below is a video announcing the cancellation of the Paulding County Junior Fair for 2020.  This was an extremely difficult decision for all involved and many tears were shed.  We are Paulding County Strong and we will get through these times.  Please understand, 4-H has NOT been cancelled for this year.  We are still planning some amazing things for the summer.

Filly Give-Away


Picture of fillyWe are excited to announce a filly give-away in Paulding County.

All applications will be anonymously reviewed by a panel of judges that do not reside in Paulding County.  There is no up-front cost to apply but there are minimum requirements that must be upheld.  These requirements include:

  1. The applicant must be a Paulding County, Ohio resident who is 18 years of age or younger.
  2. The applicant must be a current 4-H or FFA member or be willing to become a member of one of these organizations.
  3. The applicant must complete the Horse Project in either 4-H or FFA and show the filly in at least one class at the 2021 Paulding County Junior Fair.
  4. The applicant must understand and be willing to assume complete care of the filly, including but not limited to: housing, feed, proper veterinary care, etc.

Applicants must complete this application form, including all required signatures, as well as answer all essay questions to the best of their ability.  Completed applications and essay answers will need to be e-mailed to by 4:30 pm on June 1, 2020.  The winning applicant will be announced on June 20, 2020.  Delivery of the filly will be arranged with the applicant and family on or before August 1, 2020.

Application for the Filly Give-Away: 2020 Filly Give-Away

This filly give-away is generously sponsored by Haviland Drainage Products.

Haviland Drainage Logo


Virtual Ohio 4-H Cloverbot Challenge

Do you have a Cloverbud in your home?  If so, this is a great activity for them to keep busy.  The message below came from Ohio 4-H.  The linked website gives all the necessary information to complete this challenge.

With the new restrictions on programming in June, we have shifted gears and are now offering the Ohio 4-H Cloverbot Challenge for all Cloverbuds to participate individually instead of as a team/club – no registration required. Individual Cloverbuds can construct their models with LEGO’s or whatever kind of interlocking blocks they have available. Then they can send a picture to us for display in a virtual gallery on the state 4-H website. A certificate will also be emailed to each participant. The deadline is June 13, 2020.

Please share this information with your families. This is a great opportunity for Cloverbuds to participate since they don’t have projects to work on right now. All the details can be found at the website:

Market Rabbit Projects

I have been asked to clarify the possession requirements for all market rabbit projects.  Market rabbits do not have to be in the possession of the youth until May 19th.  On this date, a rabbit identification form will be made available and youth will have until May 22nd to complete the form and submit the required pictures.  Rabbit tattooing will take place during fair move-in.

Quality Assurance

The Ohio Department of Agriculture has waived the face-to-face Quality Assurance rule for this fair season.  This does not mean that livestock participants get a free pass.  All youth livestock exhibitors are still required to complete Quality Assurance prior to the start of the Paulding County Junior Fair.  To complete the Quality Assurance requirement, we have been authorized to conduct virtual Quality Assurance trainings for all exhibitors that did not complete the QA training in January.  These trainings will take place using ZOOM and are limited to 40 registrants at a time.  The following dates and times are available in Paulding County: May 5th at 9:00 am, May 7th at 2:00 pm, May 11th at 9:00 am, May 13th at 3:00 pm, and May 16th at 9:00 am.  The link below will take you to the registration page where you will register for your preferred training date.

Quality Assurance Registration

Livestock Identification

Many questions have been received regarding Livestock Tagging for the Paulding County Junior Fair.  The first scheduled tagging date was postponed until April 18th due to the stay-at-home order.  Now that the stay-at-home order has been extended until at least May 1st, the Paulding County Livestock Committee has decided that tagging will once again be postponed.  Tagging will now take place at fair move-in.  Youth were still required to have their market project animal in possession on April 4th.  To ensure that youth have their project animal identified, a form will need to be completed by the exhibitor.  This form asks for basic identification information and requires the submission of 2 pictures.  One picture is of the youth with their animal and the other picture is a close-up view of an identifying mark on the animal.  The form has more information on what to take a picture of.  This form can be found by clicking the link below or clicking the link at the top of our blog site titled “Market Livestock Identification Form”.  A password is required to open the form for security purposes.  The password will be e-mailed to all youth who need to complete the form.  If you do not have the password, please contact Michael or your club adviser to obtain it.  The following projects are required to complete this form no later than Friday, April 17th:  Market Hogs, Market Goats, Market Sheep, All Feeder Projects.

Market Livestock Identification Form

Project Book Update and Open Project Enrollment

Ohio 4-H has asked all counties to re-open the project enrollment date for 2020.  Starting immediately, all currently enrolled 4-H youth in Paulding County are able to make changes to the projects they have selected.  If you would like to fill your time working on an additional project or two, ordered your project book but did not receive it before the stay-at-home order went into effect, have found that completing the project you have selected is not able to happen due to the stay-at-home order, or the financial risk of completing the livestock project you selected is too great, we have some amazing opportunities for you.  Ohio 4-H has made some pretty awesome project books available for free for all Ohio 4-H members for this year.  You can check out these books by visiting to find the perfect stay-at-home project for you.  If you are interested in adding one of these projects or dropping one of your current projects, please contact Michael via e-mail as

If you previously selected a project and are determined to complete it, Ohio 4-H and University Publishing are working on finding ways for you to obtain your project book.  Books are able to be purchased directly from University Publishing but at a higher cost than ordering through our Extension Office.  Ohio 4-H is currently working on trying to get coupon codes in order to bring the cost down.  If you are interested in ordering a project book directly, please hold off until the coupon codes are made available.  A blog post will be made as soon as the coupons are available.

Still Project Update

Due to the University enforcing a no contact order until July 6th, we will not be holding Still Project judging the week of the Paulding County Junior Fair.  Decisions on how and when Still Project judging will take place are continuing to be discussed.  At the earliest, all still projects will be judged the week of July 6th.  A defined schedule will be developed regarding specific project judging times.  Also changing this year is how project judging will take place.  Instead of in-person interviews, all still projects will be judged utilizing ZOOM.  If you have registered for a still project this year you will be receiving more detailed information on specifics as we enter the summer months.  If you registered for a still project and did not receive a book before the stay-at-home order went into effect, please read our blog post titled “Project Book Update and Open Project Enrollment” for more information on possible solutions for you.

Livestock Project Cost

We understand that COVID-19 has made a major impact in our lives.  From being told to stay at home to the uncertainties of finances, we are all under a lot of stress.  At this time, the Paulding County Agricultural Society is planning for the Paulding County Junior Fair.  While planning is taking place and everyone is hopeful that we will be able to exhibit our livestock, we all need to be mindful of the possibility that the fair could be cancelled by our state leaders.  We are not able to make decisions for you regarding your livestock project but we do want to be sure you have taken the time to think about the financial impact of your project.  Are there ways you will be able to cut the cost of raising your livestock project in 2020?  This could mean that you switch from show feed to a less costly option, decide to stick with the old show equipment and attire instead of getting new, or learning how to clip and shear your livestock project on your own instead of paying someone to do it. With all of the unknowns and no guarantees of having a fair or livestock sale, it is very important to consider these and other questions as you work toward project completion.

Letter from Ohio 4-H

An e-mail was sent to all 4-H members on Tuesday, April 7th.  If you did not see or read the e-mail it is posted below:

Dear 4-H members, families, volunteers and supporters,

It is with a heavy heart that I share this news with you. Due to ongoing health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision has been made to cancel all Ohio State University Extension in-person programming through July 6. This includes all 4-H programs, activities, and events. Additionally, we’ve made the very difficult decision to cancel all 4-H camps thru August 31. Although in-person programming is cancelled, we will continue to offer virtual 4-H experiences.

We know this is an incredible disappointment and recognize how much everyone looks forward to our cherished 4-H summer events. As 4-H professionals committed to providing positive youth development programming, we share your sense of loss.

Given available information, we anticipate the next few weeks and months will continue to be critical times for stemming the spread of the COVID-19 virus. It is our duty to keep ourselves and those we serve safe through the education we provide and the modeling of safety-conscious behaviors. We do not want to get to the other side of this pandemic and wish that we had done more to keep our future generation of leaders safe and healthy.

While we are making decisions regarding the youth events we organize and manage (such as camps and 4-H project judging), we are deferring to local decision-makers and Governor DeWine’s administration on the events owned by others, such as county fairs. Our decision to cancel in-person 4-H activities and events through July 6 and summer camps, should not automatically imply that local county fairs are also canceled at this time. Please keep in mind that 4-H and our FFA colleagues support the education and development of youth, but the decision about whether fairs will occur is in the hands of others. This continues to be an evolving situation that will require some negotiation and monitoring depending on decisions. We will be ready should fairs move forward and to pivot if they are cancelled.

As we work through the impact of these decisions for 4-H activities and events in the weeks ahead, county OSU Extension 4-H professionals will share important updates and information with you as we develop and provide new online opportunities. We know the experiences will be different than we had hoped, yet we remain committed to working together to grow future generations of true leaders.

Yours in service to 4-H,


Kirk Bloir, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, 4-H Youth Development

College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences – Ohio State University Extension

Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, OH 43210

614-247-8168 Office  |  |

4-H Camp

As most of you probably read in the e-mail sent on Tuesday, 4-H Camp scheduled for July 9-13, 2020, has been cancelled.  The news of this was heartbreaking but we know that safety of each other is a top priority.  Please stay tuned as we work to bring 4-H Camp Palmer to you while you stay at home.  Currently, 4-H Camp Palmer posts 4 live videos on Facebook per week; Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 4:30 pm.  Please visit their Facebook page by searching for 4-H Camp Palmer.  While there, hit the like button and be sure to follow the page as they take us on new adventures at 4-H Camp.

Ohio State Fair Horse Show

Information has been released by Dr. Kim Cole regarding the Ohio State Fair Horse Show.  PAS qualifying shows will not be taking place this year.  Registration for the Ohio State Fair Horse Show will be on a first come first served basis.  Please read the guidelines below and contact Michael if you have any questions.

  1. With the cancellation of 4-H horse shows and PAS qualifying shows, the PAS and Dressage qualifying requirements for this year’s Junior Horse Show are waived.
  2. The show will be limited to 850 entries (~100 more than we typically see) on a first-come, first-serve basis with priority given to senior 4-H/FFA members in their last year of eligibility.
  3. Exhibitors are still required to enter and pay the $50 stall fee online at
  4. Exhibitors are still required to email a copy of their equine’s current negative Coggins test (dated after January 1, 2020) to by Friday, July 3rd at 4:30pm.
  5. Exhibitors will need to e-mail Michael a list of the classes in which they will or have entered by Friday, July 3rd at 4:30pm.

The Horse department has also announced the following virtual horse competitions for this year.  If you are interested in any of these opportunities please let Michael know.

  1. Virtual Horse Bowl will be held April 25.  The entry deadline date is this coming Monday, April 13.
  2. The virtual Communications contest will be May 16.  The entry deadline is May 4.
  3. Horse Judging will be a virtual contest held June 15.
  4. Hippology will be a virtual contest held June 15.

The letter from Dr. Kim Cole can be read by clicking the link below.

JHS Update April 8

Leasing an animal for your project???

If you are planning to lease an animal to complete your 4-H or FFA project you must have a lease agreement on file in the Extension Office no later than May 1, 2020.  The helpful link below will take you to a livestock lease agreement document which will help with drafting your lease agreement.  If you have questions regarding a lease agreement after reading the linked document, please contact Michael.

Livestock Lease Agreement

2020 Skillathon Study Guides Now Available

We are excited to announce that the 2020 Paulding County Skillathon Study Guides are now available.  The study guides may be requested by calling Michael at 419-399-8225 or e-mail at  The study guides will only be available via e-mail.  When requesting the study guides, please advise which study guide(s) are needed.  Below is a list of what is being tested for each species.  Beginner youth (ages 8-11) must score at least a 65% in order to be eligible for grand or reserve champion; Intermediate youth (ages 12-14) must score at least a 75% in order to be eligible for grand or reserve champion; Advanced youth (ages 15-18) must score at least an 85% in order to be eligible for grand or reserve champion.  These scores are overall scores which include the stations, interview, and record book.

Beef (includes both beef and dairy feeders) – Meat Cuts, Feet and Leg Structure, Medication Insert, Interview, Record Book

Chickens (market and exhibition): Meat Cuts, Medication Insert, Poultry Terminology, Interview, Record Book

Dairy: Breed Traits, Medication Insert, Mammory Structures Conformation, Interview, Record Book

Dogs: Breeds, Conformation, Medication Insert, Interview, Record Book

Ducks & Geese (market and breeding): Parts, Medication Insert, Poultry Terminology, Interview, Record Book

Goats (all): Meat Cuts, Medication Insert, Feet, Leg, and Topline Structure, Interview, Record Book

Horse: Conformation, Medication Insert, Parts of the Hoof, Interview, Record Book

Pigeon: Breeds, Parts, Medication Insert, Interview, Record Book

Rabbits (market and breeding): Medication Insert, Disqualifications and Faults, Conformation of Hips/Legs and Tails/Ears, Interview, Record Book

Sheep (market and breeding): Meat Cuts, Medication Insert, Feet and Leg Structure, Interview, Record Book

Swine (market and breeding): Meat Cuts, Breed Traits, Medication Insert, Interview, Record Book

Turkeys: Meat Cuts, Medication Insert, Poultry Terminology, Interview, Record Book

2020 News for 4-H and Ohio Military Kids

The message below was sent by Kayla Oberstadt, 4-H Program Manager for Ohio Military Kids and Older Youth Leadership Development.

Here’s to the start of new decade for Ohio Military Kids! This will be a year of appreciation as we embrace 2020 with open minds and big hearts. We extend our appreciation to those past, present, and future who contribute time and efforts to support the increasing number of military-affiliated youth served by OMK.

Ohio Military Kids is a partnership with Ohio State University Extension 4-H Youth Development and Ohio National Guard Family Readiness. This partnership allows us to put on numerous events around the state of Ohio. From overnights, daylong programs, weekend camps, and even a weeklong camp, these events are open to youth of military families. 4-H older youth and adults can volunteer for OMK events, including as camp counselors in the summer!

 With our event season approaching, we are all excited to embrace the new year of 2020! Ohio Military Kids just launched their first wave of events for March and April. These events include two daylong horse camps, a zoo overnight, and a weekend farm visit. Visit our website at to learn more about the 2020 adventures of Ohio Military Kids!