Junior Fair Market Beef Tagging Announced 

Exhibitors will tag their animals before weigh-in.

It’s time once again to prepare for Jr. Market Beef tagging and weigh-in. This year it is being conducted in a fashion like recent years but in addition will include exhibitors planning to participate in the recently created ‘finished’ Dairy Beef Steer project in Fairfield County.

Market beef weigh-in for traditional beef animals as well as dairy beef steers is set for Saturday, March 9, 2024, at Fairfield Cattle Company located at 3443 Cincinnati-Zanesville Road (S.R. 22), Lancaster, from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. In advance of March 9th exhibitors will be required to tag their own market beef animals with an 840 EID tag (unless the calf already has an EID tag). Visual numbered tags are encouraged but will not be provided or required this year. As in the recent past, participants will submit a hair follicle DNA sample at the weigh-in for each calf.

Again this year families with market beef and dairy beef steer projects are also required to reserve a weigh-in time for the 9th, and only those directly involved in transporting and weighing the calves should plan to attend..Please no spectators.   To SCHEDULE A TIME for weigh in https://go.osu.edu/scheduletime.    The goal remains to reduce congregation at weigh-in and minimize the transfer of paperwork.

Youth/families planning to weigh/tag-in market beef steers, market beef heifers, and dairy beef steers to be finished for the 2024 Fair must submit a request for EID tags on-line by completing the survey linked here by March 6, 2024. Complete only one request survey per family.

Each calf must have an 840 EID tag. If a calf already has an 840 EID tag, DO NOT REMOVE IT. A new tag is not required or allowed.

Either ear is acceptable for tag placement, however the left ear is preferred.

Youth/families are expected to apply the required tag in the calf’s ear prior to weigh/tag-in on March 9, 2024 and submit their individual and/or family exhibitor information, calf tagging, and housing information n .by March 8, at 9 a.m.

For all the details and paperwork documentation please see Beef Tagging detail for 2024: https://go.osu.edu/beeftag24

If you have addition questions on this tagging and weighing process for your 2024 Fairfield County Fair market beef animals, contact Junior Fair Director Doug Shell at lshell171@gmail.com.