2022 Small Ruminant Production Field Day to be Held on Oct. 8

This program is designed for new or established ruminant livestock producers who have a small herd of beef cattle or goats, or a flock of sheep. OSU Extension educators and state specialists will present on topics every ruminant livestock producer needs to know, such as grazing and nutrition, livestock marketing, facilities, and housing. After lunch, those who have an interest in sheep or goats will visit the Small Ruminant Research Unit in Wooster, while those focused on beef cattle will remain at the ATI Beef Center. Afternoon training sessions will be species-specific with hands-on training in animal care and handling, basic animal health, livestock evaluation, and more.

The field day will be held on Oct. 8 (9am-3pm) at the Ohio State ATI Beef Center in Apple Creek. Limited to 40 attendees; cost is $30 per person. Agenda and registration info is available at go.osu.edu/smallfarmruminantfieldday. Contact Brady Campbell (campbell.1279@osu.edu), assistant professor, small ruminant Extension specialist or Garth Ruff (ruff.72@osu.edu), OSU Extension field specialist, beef cattle with questions.

Waterford Hog Exhibitor Letter

The following information was emailed to all hog exhibitors on August 10, 2022.

 

August 10, 2022

Dear Waterford Market Hog Exhibitor:

BUYER INVITATIONS: Personally contact buyers and business people in your area. Last years buyers are listed in the Junior Fair Guide. For new buyers – call the Extension Office 740-376-7431 with name of business, name of contact person, and mailing address. We will send them a new buyer’s packet.

 HOG ARRIVAL & WEIGH IN: Hogs will be weighed at the Waterford Fairgrounds on Wednesday, August 17. Please note the following schedule:

  • 5:00 – 6:00 pm: Last Name A thru G
  • 6:00 – 7:00 pm: Last Name H thru L
  • 7:00 – 8:00 pm: Last Name M thru Z

Only one exhibitor and one parent will be permitted to help move the hog from the trailer, through weigh-in and on to the hog pen. Only 1(one) trip through the scales – no exceptions. Hogs not making grade weight (220 – 280 lbs.) or not meeting quality standards will not be eligible to be sold at the fair. At least one person is needed to follow the hog to the scales and report the name and tag number to the record keepers and then take the hog to its assigned pen.

 HOG ARRIVAL – NEW for 2022: If you know for sure which hog you are bringing, and it will not be over or under weight, you can bring your hog and pen it on Wednesday between 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. All hogs penned early will be weighed after the last trailer is unloaded on Wednesday evening. It will still be the exhibitor’s responsibility to bring the hog to the scales. This option is being added to help with trailer congestion.

EAR TAGS: All hogs must have a Washington County Identification Tag in ear. Your hog must have clean ear tags and you must know your tag number. Families with more than one exhibitor must have the hog they tagged in and designated for each 4-H/FFA member in the family. No changes at weigh-in.

 HOG PICTURES:  Will NOT be taken at the fair again this year. Families are encouraged to take pictures at home and have them printed on 5 X 7 or 8 X 10 and framed. Option 1: Exhibitor will take pictures prior to coming to fair. Option 2: Exhibitor can take their pictures with the fair banner on Thursday from 11am to 6pm.  Exhibitor must provide a 5 X 7 Color Photo to the buyer at the Hog sale.

 DRUG USE NOTIFICATION FORM (DUNF): This will be an online form for 2022. The link is now live and must be completed before Check-in at the Waterford Fair. If you have two hogs tagged for the fair, complete a DUNF for both hogs! You will get an email confirmation after the DUNF is submitted. – https://go.osu.edu/waterford-dunf

 WATERFORD COMMUNITY FAIR Ractopamine (Paylean) Affidavit: This will be an online form for 2022. The link is now live and must be completed before Check-in at the Waterford Fair.  – https://go.osu.edu/waterford-paylean

EXHIBITOR NUMBERS: will be handed out along with safety pins at check-in. These must be worn during showmanship and market classes.

MEMBERSHIP TICKETS: All exhibitors are required to have a fair membership ticket ($12). This amount will be deducted from your hog check. Do not pick up your ticket from anyone but Lisa Campbell. You will be given your fair pass at check-in.

EXHIBITING: Market hog exhibitors who will not be exhibiting at Waterford, contact Chris Campbell at 740-984-4646 as soon as possible.

 SHOWS ON FRIDAY: The shows will start promptly at 8 a.m. It is important to be there and ready at that time. Exhibitors must show their own animal. Senior Showmanship is first followed by intermediate and junior divisions. Market classes, determined by weight, will immediately follow showmanship classes. All exhibitors must show in both showmanship and market classes to be eligible to sell.

 HOG PEN AREA: During the hog show, exhibitors 13 and under are permitted to have one parent in the hog barn.  Over 13 exhibitors- no parents permitted

 BUYERS GIFTS: Rather than providing gifts to buyers, we encourage you visit the buyer’s place of business or mail them a thank you card after the sale. Buyers appreciate your thoughtfulness, but they can be overwhelmed with gifts during the sale and trying to transport them home.

CHECKS: Checks will be mailed to you following the fair. They cannot be picked up at fair office.

SALE COMMISSION: 4% will be deducted from checks for upkeep and other sale related expenses.

ABUSE: Anyone abusing any animal, drenching, or injecting any foreign substance into an animal will not be eligible to sell and will be asked to leave the grounds.

 THANK YOU POSTER CONTEST: Posters will be judged at the fair and must be in place by Thursday evening of the fair. Judging is based on originality, neatness & creativity on relaying a “Thank You” message to the buyers. Awards will be 1st $15; 2nd $10; & 3rd $5 the awards are sponsored by Isner Trucking. Please list exhibitor’s name & age on front of poster. Everyone is required to display a poster.

It is your responsibility to read and practice the rules for the fair. The Junior Fair Activities Guide and each fairs senior fair book have this information. Junior Fair Activity Guides are available at the Ohio State University Extension Office.

Sincerely,

Chris Campbell Hog Committee – Waterford Community Fair

Mitch Schott, President – Waterford Community Fair

Bruce Zimmer, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development

Pen Set up/Tear down at County Fair – Attendance Required

All 2022 Livestock members showing animals at the Washington County Fair are required to attend Pen Set up or tear down at the Washington County Fairgrounds.
– Members whose last name falls between letters A to L will need to attend Pen set up on Aug. 14 at 3pm.
– Members whose last name falls between letters M to Z need to attend Pen tear down on Sept. 11 at 3pm.
Sign out sheets will be provided when set up or tear down is complete. Any junior exhibitor not signing out will forfeit 20% of their total sales.

Contacting Livestock Sale Buyers

Connecting with buyers prior to the fair is an important part of selling your animal at local fairs. Here are a few quotes from some of your local peers how they connect with buyers and encourage them to attend our sales.

  •     “I would start this process by creating a flyer stating my name, age, market animal(s), fair and sale information, and a little more about myself. I then would go out to local businesses and hand out the flyers and invite them to the sale. I would also contact past buyers and invite them back to the sale.”
  •     “I have always delivered “buyer flyers” which includes a little bit about me and my animal. I make sure to include the time of the sale and where it’s at. I put a picture of my animals and me on the front of the flyer. Then I deliver them to potential buyers.”
  •     I am planning to show and sell my lambs at the local fair. I will drop off letters and talk to potential buyers inviting them to the fair.”
  •     I would contact potential buyers for my market animal by going to businesses and informing the buyers about my projects. I would give them a firm handshake and include a flyer that includes the date and times of the sale.”

Let’s walk through some basics on contacting buyers by reviewing the How, Who, What and Tips to Consider.

How: Personal Invitation with Buyers:

  •     Face to Face Visits
  •     Letters
  •     Cards
  •     Phone Call
  •     Email (used for follow-up)
  •     Social Media (used for follow-up)

Who: Make a list of potential buyers your family has contact with or does business with:

  •     Stores and businesses your family patronizes
  •     Family members/friends of the family
  •     Find out who has bought in the past
  •     Try to invite TWO new buyers each year
  •     Give new buyer name/address to the OSU Extension Office to receive an Official Invitation to the sale with entry pass

What: Put together an invitation to the sale

  •     Provide information about you, your parents and your project
  •     Ask them to “support the sale” not to “purchase your animal”
  •     Include pictures if possible

Tips to Consider:

  •     It’s the BID and not the buy that counts! It takes 3-4 buyers to bid on your animal. Obtaining one buyer isn’t enough!
  •     After you have sold your animal, do not ask to buy it back from the buyer!
  •     Personally thank your buyer and those that bid
  •     Buyer’s Gifts – Rather than providing gifts to buyers, we encourage you visit the buyer’s place of business or mail them a thank you card after the sale. Buyers appreciate your thoughtfulness, but they can be overwhelmed with gifts during the sale and trying to transport them home.

Chicken and Duck Pick Up Dates

The Washington County bird pick up dates are quickly approaching, and we are reminding exhibitors to have their pens ready.  Please be sure to have a clean pen with your new bedding ready for when the chicks and ducks are delivered.  We also ask exhibitors to bring your own crate, box, tote, etc to take your birds home in and be sure these items are clean as well.  Our pick up dates are schedule for July 7th from 3 to 4:30pm at Heritage Country Store located at 219 S Third Street Marietta.  The ducks will be arriving on July 21st from 3 to 4:30pm.  Please contact Heritage Country Store before arriving if you need feed or supplies for your birds at 740-374-7741. Also watch for updates on our facebook page for when the birds arrive.  If you need information the day of pick up then please call our office at 740-376-7431.  We cannot hold birds, exhibitor does not have to be present at pick up.  Please arrive during the scheduled pick up time and be sure to give your birds fresh food and water when you get them home.

Barlow Tag-in July 16

Reminder of Barlow Tag-in on Saturday, July 16 from 8-10 AM at the Barlow Fairgrounds. This is for Feeder Calves & Market Dairy Goats. Market Dairy Goat exhibitors must bring their Breed Verification Card signed by the Breeder and Exhibitor.  Cards are still available at the Extension Office if needed or printed at https://washington.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/washington-county-fairs.

Feeder calves must have a halter on so calves can be tagged on the trailer. NO CHUTE WILL BE SET UP THIS YEAR!

Multi-Specie Livestock Clinic – June 18

A multi-species animal clinic we held in Monroe County on June 18th. This is a nice event that offers hands-on practice and grooming demonstrations as well as many great door prize giveaways. They welcome participation from other counties, so please share the flier with your members or on your social media accounts.

Click here for a pdf of the flyer: 2022 Clinic Flier

Hog Tag Pictures Due June 1

By June 1, 2022 all hogs project members must take a picture of tag in hog’s ear and send it to: wcfhogs@gmail.com Must include name of exhibitor with their hog tag number. Sample Photo: Submit 1 or 2 photos showing the tag number in the pig’s ear and showing the color & markings in the other photo.  If the pig is one solid color then only one photo is needed.

Pictures must be submitted by ALL exhibitors, regardless of who tagged them or where purchased.

If you want to share a pen with someone or have a pen request other than a sibling, notify Chris Campbell by June 15 (740-984-4646)