Many Livestock Antibiotics Now Require Prescription

Many prescription (Rx) antibiotic products used in food animal veterinary medicine have been under veterinary oversight. In January 2017, several over the counter (OTC) products were shifted from OTC to veterinary feed directive (VFD) status. In 2023, remaining OTC “medically important” antibiotics will transition to prescription status. These products will no longer be able to be sold as OTC products and will only be available with a veterinary prescription and will need to be purchased from a veterinarian or a pharmacy.

New Antibiotic Factsheet: OTC to Rx AS-Y-6-23

Preparing for Livestock Skillathon

2023 Washington County Skillathon – Saturday, July 22, Jr Fair Building, Washington Co Fairgrounds

Schedule: Last Name A – E: 8:30 – 9:30      Last Name F – L: 9:30 – 10:30    Last Name M – Z: 10:30 – 11:30

Projects Included: Hogs, Beef, Dairy Feeder Steers, Goats, Lambs, Poultry, Dairy, Rabbit(Except pet rabbit), Horse (except horseless horse)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

  • All 4-H & FFA market livestock, dairy, fancy, breeding and horse project members are required to participate in the skillathon for each of their projects to remain in good standing and to exhibit, show and/or sell at any of our three fairs in the county.
  • All youth (4-H & FFA) MUST participate in the skillathons for each project in order to be eligible to exhibit show and/or sell at the Waterford Community Fair, Washington County Fair, or Barlow Independent Fair
  • Each skillathon will have age divisions: Junior (ages 8-11); Intermediate (ages 12-14); Senior (ages 15 & over). All ages will be as of January 1st of the current year.
  • Livestock project members can purchase a copy of the project resource guides from the OSU Extension Office. All FFA chapters have copies of the 4-H Resource guides.   This Study Guide will serve as the Source of Study Materials for exhibitors.
  • Any Skillathon information not found in you resource handbook can be downloaded from or picked up from the OSU Extension Office
  • Skillathon Make-Up Date: August 7 – RSVP required with $20 registration fee. Sign up here to reserve your spot:
  • Make-up Skillathon participants will not be eligible for premier exhibitor.

Complete Study Guide: 2023 Skillathon Study Guide

Link to Additional Study Sheets:

It’s Time for Project Judging!

Members are responsible for the completion of their project and must attend project judging to remain in good standing with 4-H.

Project Book:

  • All members are required to purchase a project book for their project they have enrolled in for the current 4-H year and must bring the completed book to project judging.

Attend Project Judging:

  • Attend Judging at the Washington County Junior Fair Building on the fairgrounds July 13, 2023 starting a 6:00 pm
  • Refer to 2023 Schedule (time to arrive) to be posted in early July
  • Makeup Judging will be held on Monday, August 7 starting at 6:00 pm in the Jr Fair Building for members not available to attend Project Judging. Signup here to reserve your spot for makeup judging:
  • All Project Judging must be completed on the day of the event or on make-up day.
  • $8 Voucher – all members that attend Project Judging on July 13 will receive one $8 voucher from the 4-H Advisory Committee. The voucher can be redeemed at the OSU Extension toward the purchase of 4-H Project Books or applied toward 4-H Camp Registration. One voucher per member.

Project  Requirements:               

  • Bring project book with all required pages completed to judging.
  • Refer to the 4-H Project Requirements at
  • Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled time to register / check in
  • Bring Educational displays, scrapbook, portfolio, visual aids or props

Project Judging Dress Code:

  • The goal of participating in project interviews is to help 4-H members prepare for future interview situations. With that in mind, members should dress as if they were attending a job or college interview. • General appearance should be neat and clean • No t-shirts with inappropriate language or graphics • Jeans or long pants are preferred • Skirts/shorts should reach at least the mid-thigh. • No low-cut tops or visible undergarments • Hats should not be worn during the interview. Examples of appropriate dress: button-down shirts, polos, dressy tops, 4-H club t-shirts, nice jeans, capris, skirts.

Registration Process:

  • Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled time to register / check in
  • Check in at registration table where volunteers will assist you in filling out the top of your score sheet
  • Be sure to write legibly on your score sheet and include name, age, club project name, and project number.

Judging Process and Score Sheet: 

  • Check-in with the judge’s secretary at your interview area and wait to be called for your 5-10 minute interview
  • If you have more than one please tell the judge’s secretary
  • When you meet the judge, provide them with your score sheet
  • The judge will keep your score sheet
  • Your score sheet will be filed in a club packet and given to your club advisor for distribution
  • Project judging results will be posted by 4:00 pm on July 14, 2023 at
  • Ribbons will be distributed at the fairs in the Club packets.

Ohio State Fair Selection:

  • A member attending the July 13, 2023 judging event and scoring a superior (90-100) on their project will be considered for State Fair eligibility. The only exception is that members who cannot attend judging due to another 4-H activity, such as Leadership Camp or Shooting Sports Camp, may have their interview pre-recorded and shown to the judge to be eligible for State Fair participation. If a selected member cannot attend state fair the alternate will be notified and given the opportunity to compete at State Fair.

Ohio State Fair Packets

Beginning Thursday, July 20 state fair packets will be ready for pickup. Packets will include state fair information, your scoresheet, and ticket. OSU Extension Office hours are 8 am to 4 pm at 1115 Gilman Ave, Marietta

What Happens at Fair?:

  • Clubs will determine which fair they will display a booth. Members are encouraged to display their projects in their club booth and will receive a premium from the fair.

Trash Can Painting Contest

Trash cans should include your group’s name and the year 2023. Trash cans will be judged on creativity, neatness, and overall appearance. This contest is open to all 4-H Clubs, FFA and Girl Scout and Boy Scout Troops.

Washington County Fair:  Go to Washington County Fair Grounds and pick up a trash can to paint. When the can is completed, please make sure you bring it, along with a completed entry form, to the Junior Fair Office by 9:00pm, Thursday, August 31

Barlow Independent Fair:  Go to the Barlow Fairgrounds and pick up a trash can.  Painted cans should be dropped off at the Lad & Lassie Building on September 26 by 8:00 pm with the completed entry form.

Forms can be printed here:  County & Barlow Trash Can Contest form

Kona Ice is coming to Project Judging

Kona Ice will be coming to 4-H Project Judging on July 13, 20203.  Members and their families coming for their project interviews will be able to enjoy some Kona Ice as a tasty treat from 5:30-8pm.  Please review the attached flyer for price and details.  Kona Ice will be donating a portion of their sales back to the 4-H program in Washington County.

Hervida Chip and Seal Project Underway

The Marietta Community Foundation provided a $25,000 grant to fund the majority of a chip and seal project at Hervida 4-H Camp. Other donors have come along side Hervida to fully complete the project so all of the Hervida roads will be resurfaced. This will make Hervida and the facilities more accessible for all campers!