Cheviot Starter Flock Award

The Ohio Cheviot Breeders Association (OCBA) is seeking applicants for the Jim Cluff Memorial Starter Flock Award.

The OCBA started the contest in 1994 to award a Cheviot starter flock to an Ohio youth up to 17 years of age. The purpose of the award is to introduce the youth to the enjoyment of raising and owning a purebred Cheviot sheep, as well as encouraging the growth of new Cheviot breeders in Ohio.

The contest winner will receive the following: a one-year membership in the OCBA, one bred ewe the first year, one ram the second year and in the third year the youth will donate a lamb to continue the award.

The application deadline is September 30th. For an application and contest rules please contact the Ohio Cheviot Breeders Association Starter Flock Committee Chairperson, Tabitha Weisend, at 740-459-9751 or

New 4-H STEM Blog Site with STEM Activities

The Ohio 4-H STEM design team has been busy creating a new STEM blog to link you to all the great STEM resources:

You can take individual posts and use them in your 4-H Social media feeds like this one.

Need a lesson for a program?  Use one of the grab and go resources.

This blog is organized by SUBJECT or use the search bar to navigate to what you are looking for. Search by time (15, 30, 45, or 60 minute) and Grade (k-2, 3-5, 6-8, or 9-12).

Also make sure and subscribe to the blog so you are getting the weekly post updates.

Ohio 4-H Presents Statewide “Camp…ish” Opportunity!

Calling all stay-at-home campers! Ohio 4-H staff miss summer camp as much as you do, and we want to do what we can to bring elements of camp to your home!

On June 9-11, you are invited to join us for Ohio 4-H Camp…ish! It is open to any youth ages 8-18 across the state of Ohio. Friends who are not in 4-H are welcome to register, too! There is no cost for attending, although some activities will require the use of basic art supplies, household items, or things found outdoors. Please visit to register by June 7! Activities will be hosted at the following times each day: 9-11 AM, 1-3 PM, 4-5 PM.

Campers are not required to attend all sessions, so sign up and come for the times you can enjoy Camp…ish activities brought to you by Ohio 4-H Camp…ish Directors!

Turkey Pick Up

The market turkeys are scheduled to ship from the hatchery next week.  We are expecting them to arrive on Thursday, May 14 2020 in the afternoon.  If the turkeys arrive as scheduled we will hold pick up at Heritage Cooperative at 219 S. Third Street in Marietta from 3 to 4:30pm.  Social distancing measures will be in place and birds will be sorted and ready for pick up.  We ask that you remain in your vehicle and pick up will be held like a drive thru.  Any members needing to purchase feed or supplies from Heritage are encouraged to contact them and place your order prior to arriving for turkey pick up.  Members may also pick up these items prior to the turkey pick up day.  If you need supplies please call Heritage at 740-374-7741 and place your order.  We ask the members and families picking up turkeys follow social distancing guidelines and remain patient as we prepare for turkey distribution.  If you have additional questions please call the extension office at 740-376-7431 or email

Livestock Quality Assurance Trainings – 2 more options

If you missed Virtual Livestock Quality Assurance Training in March, here are two more options.

June 8 – at 7:00 pm there will be a Virtual Livestock Quality Assurance Training. No more than two family members on one Zoom connection. Here is the link to register for the online training. Participants must sign-up and reserve a training spot at .

July 20 – at 7:00 pm there will be Face to Face Livestock Quality Assurance Training held in the Jr Fair Building on the Washington County Fairgrounds. No per-registration required to attend the face to face training.

Quality Assurance Training is mandatory for 2020 for all youth taking market livestock and lactating dairy cattle/goat projects in order to be eligible to participate in junior fair events, shows and sales at the fairs.  Parents are encourage to attend the training with their child.


Horse Member Updates- State Fair Info

The Washington County Saddle Horse Committee met by Zoom virtual meeting on Monday May 4.  The committee rescheduled cancelled events and are preparing for the Washington County Fair Horse Show.  The educational equine sessions required for members to be able to participate in the county fair are scheduled for July 14  6:30-8:30pm at the Washington County Fair grounds for an open workout and August 1 from 10am to 12noon for trail obstacles.  Members are also reminded that the skillathon is scheduled for July 25 from 8:30am to 11:30am.

The State Fair has waived some requirements due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and has waived the PAS qualifying events.  Members wishing to take their horse to the Ohio State Fair must register on June 1.  More information to come on this process.  It is our understanding that preference will be given to graduating seniors or members who will age out of the 4-H program.  The State Fair horse show is limited to 850 participants and members wishing to attend must complete the county requirement to attend.  This year Washington County is requiring all members who are attending the State fair horse show to complete the EQUISTEP online training module or attend the first educational equine session being offered on July 17th.  Members may also be asked to send in a video of them riding.  If you are interested in completing the EQUISTEP online module you must email to request the training.  The training module can only be obtained through the Extension Office at this time.

The horse packet is available online at and animal declarations are due June 1 to the Extension Office.  Also be aware that all Coggins test must be dated in the year 2020.  Tests given in 2019 will not be accepted, this is a state rule.  If you have questions please reach out to us via email or by calling the extension office at 740-376-7431.  The extension office remains closed however we are working from home to plan our summer events.

State Fair Update for Horse Project Members


For 2020, the Ohio State Fair has waived the PAS show requirement and anyone with a horse project can sign up to show in the state fair junior horse show (entries limited to 850). If you are interested in showing in the state fair horse show, please go to this link and fill out the survey. This does not guarantee entry. The organizers are simply trying to see how much interest there is and how many entries to expect.